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directed by Alfred L. Werker
USA 1947

 

Repeat Performance was released in 1947 by Eagle-Lion films who at the time were trying to establish themselves as a major force in Hollywood. They put out some “nervous As” – not cheap enough to be Bs but not expensive enough to be As. Repeat Performance fits that description.

Clunky and far-too-dramatic opening credits leads to a classic noir open, then a cheapish looking movie filled with former stars (Louis Hayward) and actors just starting out (Richard Basehart in his first film role.) Repeat Performance may be a bit too full of soapy dramatics to be a top-shelf noir, but it certainly could be served to noir fans without complaint. The fantastic looking – dark and stylish – opening and end of the film more than make up for the frothy middle – and for me makes the film a worthy entry in the film noir classic period.
Despite its obvious flaws – and it really is probably only loved by fans of old black-and-white mysteries --it's one of my favorite New Years Eve tales.

Just before midnight on New Year's Eve, 1946, Broadway actress Sheila Page (Joan Leslie) shoots her husband Barney (Hayward) and then rushes to see her friend, odd-ball poet William Williams. After a distressed Sheila confesses her deed to William (Basehart), he suggests they talk to Sheila's producer John Friday (Tom Conway). As Sheila and William are walking up to John's apartment, Sheila wishes that she could relive the past year, insisting that if she had it to do over, she would not make the same mistakes twice. Upon reaching John's door, Sheila notices that William has disappeared and then gradually realizes that something is wrong.[...]

Excerpt of review from http://www.noiroftheweek.com/2012/01/repeat-performance-1947.html located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 22 May 1947 (USA)

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DVD Review: Mr. Fat-W Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:32:33
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.34 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
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mr. Fat-W Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: June 23rd, 2014
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Chapters 1

 

Comments

After poor reviews of this studio's previous releases - Accomplice and The Pretender we vowed to stay away from their discs - until they released Repeat Performance, a quiet enjoyable film noir that is impossible to see in any decent quality. Unfortunately, we should have stayed away, like our initial assumption told us. The transfer is culled from a 16mm TV print, copyrighted in 1960 to Pathe Industries - it's interlaced, with lots of damage and softness and poor contrast and... well, the only positive thing we can say is that it could've been worse, but it's not worth $14.99 priced for this disc. There are no menus, the film starts right after the horrible animated logo, and they also got rid of chapters, so the film is now presented in 1 unbroken chapter. The studio claims ownership to a number of abandoned B's, but all they do seems to be reusing ancient transfers without any effort. Avoid.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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