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directed by Montgomery Tully

UK 1960

 

Vincent Ball, John le Mesurier and Alfred Burke star alongside Australian actress Betty McDowall in this noir-influenced crime thriller which sees a struggling reporter and a fashion editor uncovering double-dealing and murder in Mayfair! Directed by genre stalwart Montgomery Tully, Dead Lucky is presented in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Mike Billings is a journalist working on 'exposures' of Mayfair gambling parties, but so far with little success. When Mike manages to infiltrate his first gambling party he's horrified to see his girlfriend Jenny there in the company of notorious gambler Lucky Lewis. When the party is raided by the police, Jenny leaves with Lucky. Next morning Lucky is found dead and Jenny admits that she went back to his flat for drinks...

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Theatrical Release: June 1960

 

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Network

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:01:30 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.50 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Image Gallery

DVD Release Date: November 16th, 2015
Slim, transparent Amaray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

 

Comments

I'm grateful for these competent and watchable, reasonably-priced, single-layered SD PAL transfer from Network out of the UK. I've seen so many vintage Brit crime-dramas that I would never have been exposed to. They are simple, short B-efforts and while never graduating to Noir - have some elements of that style. I like'em.

This film is fairly sedate with some investigative action around gambling and some, intriguing, suspect characters. It's low key but a nice build. Some may recall the director Montgomery Tully from his last film The Terrornauts - as well as closer-to-Noirs; The Glass Tomb, Terror Street, The Counterfeit Plan as well as some Edgar Wallace Mysteries.  

The image is typical for Network - very clean, good, if slightly boosted, contrast and even watchable visuals. No complaints for the SD format used.

Audible lossy Dolby sound with a score by William Davies in an unremarkable career did compose for similar films like Model for Murder . The audio is clear, clean and consistent with some reasonably heavy, and charming, British accents at times. There are no subtitles on the region 2, PAL, disc.

Extras consist of only an image gallery - no posters, a few Lobby cards and stills.

The film has minor merit, some may find it too passive, and the female star, Betty McDowall, not up to par for the genre filled with sexpot femme fatales. For me, it's all about 'the build' and this is reasonably strong satisfying me for a quick, painless viewing. Bring me more!

  - Gary Tooze

 


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