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(aka 'Abandoned Woman')

Directed by Joseph M. Newman
USA
1949

 

Dennis O’Keefe and Gale Storm expose a baby-selling racket in the searing crime drama Abandoned, co-starring Jeff Chandler and Raymond Burr. When Paula Considine (Storm) arrives in Los Angeles to find her sister Mary, she soon learns the unwed mother is dead and her newborn infant is missing. Teaming up with cynical reporter named Mark Sitko (O’Keefe), Paula discovers Mary was the victim of a black market adoption ring run by Mrs. Leona Donner (Marjorie Rambeau) and her sleazy assistant Kerric (Burr). Hoping to entrap the pair, Paula and Sitko devise a plan but the sting operation proves to have deadly consequences.

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While Abandoned boasts a boat load of colorful characters; Shoeshine Sammy, Morrie the Bookie, Doc, Winey, Punchy, and Scoop seemingly plucked from the beloved New York streets of Damon Runyon this film ain’t no Guys and Dolls. It’s more like Babes for Dough, a rough and dark social commentary/police procedural on the heinous crime of selling unwanted newborns in addition to the assorted murders, and double dealings that accompany this path to ill gained riches.

Abandoned, produced by Universal in 1949 rolls its opening credits to the melodic stains of a prior Uni noir, 1946’s The Killers. While there’s no Charles McGraw or William Conrad emerging from the shadows we do get Dennis O’Keefe, as Mark Sitko a world-weary newshound and Raymond Burr as Kerric a crook in gumshoes clothing, both a couple of not too shabby noir stalwarts for viewers to feast upon for the next 78 minutes. It bears noting, while Burr doesn’t get star billing, he’s literally the biggest thing in the picture!

Excerpt from FilmNoiroftheWeek located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 6th, 1949

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Comparison:

Universal 'Vault Series' - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Box Cover

  

Only available at present as part of Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III with Abandoned, The Lady Gambles and The Sleeping City

  

Distribution Universal - Region 0 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:19:15         1:19:13.749 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,824,874,742 bytes

Feature: 18,953,324,544 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.42 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles  None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• None

DVD Release Date: November 15th, 2016

Keep Case
Chapters: 9

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,824,874,742 bytes

Feature: 18,953,324,544 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.42 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan

Trailers


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 9th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (June 2020): Kino have transferred Joseph M. Newman's Abandoned to Blu-ray. It is part of their Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III with Abandoned, The Lady Gambles and The Sleeping City. This is transferred to a single-layered disc but the 1080P is pleasing with a texted thickness to it. It's fairly heavy but the same print as the SD with little to no speckles or damage. The source is in decent shape. There is a sliver more information in the frame compared to the interlaced DVD. This is adept and showcases the general superiority of the HD format over standard DVD.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It advances the film's audio and lighter score by Walter Scharf (Three Violent People, Casbah, The Glass Key, Hans Christian Andersen, The Geisha Boy, Rock-a-Bye Baby)  that that adds further atmosphere. Kino offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has a wonderful commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan. She supports the genre definition of Abandoned as more of a 'woman's picture' supporting an less exposed cause in dark cinema - being baby-trafficking / blackmail ring (with murder a secondary concern) kinda like The Lady Gambles looked at addiction / marital issues with crime on the backburner. There is a Noir connection with greed and corruption being other themes in Abandoned. She discusses the career of director Joseph M. Newman and gives many examples of 'woman noirs'. It's great - at Samm's usual high level - making some solid analysis and identifying details that I wouldn't have noticed. There are also a couple of trailers - none for the film.

Abandoned is an oddball that skirts the Noir cycle and gets enough votes for inclusion. It has Dennis O'Keefe, Raymond Burr plus a bit of Mike Mazurki... so it certainly can evoke Noir with those dudes. It might be the weakest effort in Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III Blu-ray set. But it still has merit - Samm's commentary being another asset. I have seen a few times and still like it. So there. The Boxset is certainly essential for 'dark cinema' aficionados.

Gary Tooze

Abandoned is another elusive, and above average, Essential Noir that hasn't surfaced on digital previously. It's advanced with the solid storytelling skills of Joseph M. Newman (711 Ocean Drive, This Island Earth, The Gunfight at Dodge City.)

The disc is predictably single-layered and has no menus, or extras, and the transfer is interlaced (see combing in bottom capture.) Aside from that it was a decent SD image - although a shade green. It's quite clean, acceptable contrast and fairly consistent on my system. DoP William H. Daniels (Grand Hotel, The Mysterious Lady, Brute Force, The Naked City, Lured) adds some proficient lighting-play camerawork - visible even in the lesser format.

The audio is a factor of the production - but it is quite clean and audible including the score by uncredited Walter Scharf (Casbah, The Glass Key, Hans Christian Andersen, The Geisha Boy, Rock-a-Bye Baby) that augments the film's moods and atmosphere. There are no subtitles and the media is region FREE.

Despite the expose-angle the film has enough Noir-elements to make it on our list - deceptive murder the keynote, and it's beautifully shot with an attractive gal and imposing Raymond Burr. Again though, we show our displeasure at the pricing, Made-on-demand status and lack of any extras. Only completist suckers like this reviewer need indulge.  

Gary Tooze

 


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Only available at present as part of Kino's Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III with Abandoned, The Lady Gambles and The Sleeping City

  

Distribution Universal - Region 0 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

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