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(aka "Intrigues en Orient" )

 

directed by William Berke
USA 19
58

In this crime drama, a police psychiatrist sets out to capture a whacko purse snatcher who has been scarring the faces of his female victims as he makes off with their bags. When a girl is killed, all evidence points to the mugger, but when he is captured he fervently denies it. The police then begin looking for the real culprit and discover that the killer is the dead girl's brother-in-law and close friend of the shrink.

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Theatrical Release: November, 1958

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MGM Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:14:00
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.46 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: October 18th, 2011
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Chapters 8

 

Comments

The Mugger is a low budget crime-drama - short, obvious and a little cheesy but holds a level of entertainment as well for those keen on this vintage genre.

This was around at the transition to widescreen and it plausible that such a low budget effort never made the leap. I have no evidence that it was shown theatrically widescreen so we will accept the 1.33:1 aspect ratio as original. It's standard single-layered  - labeled under the MGM's 'Made-on-Demand' "Limited Edition Collection" marquee (whatever that means). It looks acceptable - clean with decent contrast coming from a source with healthy density. The disc supports the film with an adequate transfer with pleasing detail and some grain texture.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. There are no supplements.

I kept my expectations low and while I wouldn't use the word 'rewarding' it did keep my attention and I enjoyed Kent Smith. The 'scarring' angle may have been a bit edgy for the times, even exploitive for the modestly budgeted flic. There is suspenseful scenes and a captivating aura built. Certainly no gem but those keen on the era should appreciate.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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