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directed by Walter Colmes
USA 1946

 

"Though the plot seems contrived and the acting more mechanical than inspiring, this little crime drama is nevertheless diverting." Accomplice is based on Frank Gruber's novel on the eccentric private detective Simon Lash. Simon (Richard Arlen) is the brusque, bookish ex-lawyer now a noted but struggling private detective based in Los Angeles, who is asked by Joyce Bonniwell (Veda Ann Borg), the woman who jilted him at the altar ten years earlier to marry Jim Bonneville (Edward Earle), to find her missing amnesiac banker hubby. Simon takes a retainer of a thousand dollars from the mink draped blonde, and learns that Jim's the vice president of a bank. When the detective checks to see if any bank money is missing, he instead learns that the president of the bank, Vincent Springer, is also missing but no funds are lost. The trail leads to a love nest kept by Bonneville, under an assumed name, set up with dance hall redhead Evelyn Price. When Bonneville is found murdered at the mink ranch he secretly owns, with his head blown off by a shotgun, the rural Palmdale sheriff, Rucker, suspects Simon and Joyce of being in cahoots to collect the insurance money. But things don't add up when a worker at the mink ranch and a lying witness, Castleman, is murdered and so is Miss Price.

Excerpt of review from Dennis Schwartz for Ozus' World Movie Reviews located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 29 September 1946 (USA)

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Mr. Fat-W Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:06:36
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.30 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.

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Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mr. Fat-W Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: May 8th, 2012
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Chapters 14

 

Comments

Mr. Fat W Video (aka Films Around The World, Inc) has been in business since VHS era and licensed a number of films to Image and Kino in early days of DVD - Behind Locked Doors, Dark Waters, Devil Bat's Daughter, The Flying Serpent, The Mask of Diijon, Mr. Ace, Railroaded, The Shanghai Gesture (), Strange Impersonation, The Woman Who Came Back. In 2011, they starting releasing made-on-demand discs through Amazon and we already reviewed their disc of a film noir The Pretender. Unlike some PD companies, they own and distribute these forgotten B films, but unfortunately, most of them are sourced from tape or 16 mm prints, so the quality is subpar.

 

Accomplice is a mystery thriller with minor noir elements from PRC (Producers Releasing Corporation) and it's likely the quality materials no longer exist. The murky print used for this release is tape-sourced as indicated by original VHS-era Films Around The World logo at the beginning of the film (after inappropriate current Mr. Fat W Video animation), marred with interlacing and bright whites. There are many scratches, lines running through and some damage; the audio has some pops and clicks throughout. There are no extras and the film is divided into 14 chapters. The studio just released one of my most wanted noirs - Repeat Performance, but considering their track record, I want to wait and see before purchasing one of their other releases.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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