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directed by William Beaudine
USA 1948

 

Knuckles Morgan is not the kind of goon you want to meet on a dark street after midnight. But that's just what happens to law-abiding citizen Joe Downey. Mistaken for one of Knuckles gangland rivals, Joe is beaten and left for the cops to pick up. Afterward, Joe and his girlfriend begin a perilous hunt to find his look-alike - a hunt that crosses paths with a predatory blonde who has a penchant for stolen fur coats and a connection to murder. This gutsy, no-frills noir is directed by William "One-Shot" Beaudine, whose 371-credit (some say over 500-credit) career includes some of the Bowery Boys' best features. Warren Douglas (Cry Vengeance) stars, and you might recognize Jane Frazee, who plays Joe's girlfriend, as a frequent leading lady in Roy Rogers Westerns.

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Theatrical Release: 30 October 1948 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:08:24
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.95 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: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
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Chapters 18

 

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Monogram Pictures made its mark in Hollywood history with many crime drama quickies, often with noir overtones, that stood out from the usual poverty row bunch. Jean-Luc Godard singled out Monogram by dedicating to them his first feature, bout de souffle. "I did it to prove that you can do pictures that are both interesting and cheap." - he said in 1964 and the films coming from Monogram in the late 1940's-early 1950's can be just that. Just look at Dillinger (1945), produced by King Brothers that got Monogram their only Oscar nomination for Philip Yordan's script. Or exciting Decoy (1946) with unforgettable Jean Gillie as a femme fatale. The success of Belita vehicle Suspense (1946) () gave an idea to Monogram to create their own B+ unit for superior fare, Allied Artists Productions. The two units co-existed until 1953 when Allied Artists ceased making movies under Monogram brand name. Luckily for us, the later Monogram titles and most of Allied Artists catalogue are now in the hands of Time Warner library and many films are being restored and released for the first time on home video as part of Warner Archive Collection.

 

Incident is rarely seen noir that starts like a Cornell Woolrich story - our protagonist played by Warren Douglas is mistaken for someone else and knocked down in a dark alley. What follows is an unusual story with Jane Frazee being a standout as a love interest and a sleuth in her own right. Anthony Caruso is a menacing gangster and Robert Osterloh is the ruthless killer - both men have supporting roles in a number of film noirs - you know their faces, not their names. Joyce Compton and Harry Lauter play a married couple that are friends with Warren Douglas and their constant banter acts as comic relief.

Incident is one of those titles that has been impossible to find in good quality... until now. The restored print can be soft at times, with occasional marks, but the film looks good and is miles above with what was circulating previously in noir fan circles. The mono audio is fine and there are no extras on the disc. Considering there are no existing original elements for most of Monogram films and comparing them to the output from other poverty row studios languishing in public domain or owned by unreliable small companies, Warner Home Video should be commended on these welcome releases that are highly recommended to all fans of such B pictures.

  - Gregory Meshman

 

 

 


 

 

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