Tom (Don Castle) and Ann (Elyse Knox) are a down-and-out dance team, and while Don seeks engagements, Ann works as an instructor at a dance academy, with Detective Judd (Regis Toomey) one of the many customers she meets. On a hot summer night Tom, awaken from his sleep, tosses his only pair of shoes out the window to quiet two noisy cats. He goes down to retrieve them and can't find them, but Ann discovers them in front of their door the next morning. A near-by recluse is found murdered in his old shack that same day while Tom finds a wallet filled with old $20 bills. Footprints, bearing an imprint like those on a tap-dancer's shoes, plus Don's new-found wealth combine to make a good circumstantial evidence case for Judd against Tom and he is convicted. On the night before his execution, Ann seeks Judd's help in proving Tom is innocent. He turns up a suspect, Kosloff (Robert Lowell), but an air-tight alibi clears him.
The film opens with Chick and his friend, Buck (played by James Cardwell), hitchhiking to Los Angeles. They're both down on their luck and looking for a new start. However, things take a turn for the worse when they meet a woman named Margo (played by Jeffreys), who invites them to a party at her wealthy boyfriend's house.
At the party, Chick gets into a fight with another guest and ends up killing him in self-defense. Fearing the consequences, Chick and Buck flee the scene and go on the run. They soon become involved in a series of robberies and other criminal activities, working for a notorious gangster named George Wilson (played by Gilmore).
As Chick becomes more deeply involved in the criminal underworld, he begins to lose touch with his former life and the people he used to care about. He develops a relationship with Margo, who is also involved in the gang's activities, but their relationship is strained by Chick's growing sense of guilt and desire to leave his criminal past behind.
As the police close in on the gang, Chick and Margo must decide whether to stick with their criminal associates or try to make a break for it and start over. The film builds to a tense and suspenseful climax as Chick is forced to confront the consequences of his actions.
Overall, "Became a Criminal" is a gritty and realistic portrayal of the criminal underworld, with strong performances by its cast and a taut, well-written script. The film is considered a classic of the film noir genre and remains a must-see for fans of crime dramas.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Milburn Stone, Anne Gwynne
When his friend Professor Kingsley is at deaths door, brain surgeon Dr. Sovac saves his life by means of an illegal operation that transplants part of injured gangster Red Cannon's brain. Unfortunately, the operation has a disastrous Jeckll and Hyde side effect and under certain conditions the persona of Cannon emerges. Sovac soon learns of the duel personality and of half a million dollars the gangster has hidden away. He attempts to find the money through the manipulation of his friend, an attempt that brings Kingsley closer to madness as he alternates between a meek professor of English and a brutal gangster out for murderous revenge on those who tried to kill him.
Cast: John Hoyt, Benny Baker, Russell Johnson, Paul Stewart
A vicious loan shark ring has been preying on factory workers. When several workers at a tire factory suffer violence at the hands of the loan sharkers, a union leader and the factory owner try to recruit ex-con Joe Gargan to infiltrate to the gang. At first Joe does not want to get involved, but changes his mind when his brother-in-law dies at the hands of a savage loan shark hood. Joe works his way into the mob, but in order to keep his cover, Joe can't tell anyone what he is up to. This results in him being disowned by his sister and girl friend.
Cast: Claude Rains, Burt Lancaster, Peter Lorre, Paul Henreid
Two years ago, hunting guide Mike Davis was with a client who trespassed on diamond company land and found a rich lode; Paul Vogel, sadistic commandant of company police, beat Mike nearly to death but failed to learn the location. Now Mike is back in Diamantstad in the South African desert, and manager Martingale has a better idea: he hires delectable adventuress Suzanne to ferret out Mike's secret. But she soon finds she's playing with fire.
Cast: Jayne Mansfield, Dan Duryea, Martha Vickers, Mickey Shaughnessy
Nat, Gladden, Baylock and Dohmer comprise a disparate band of Philadelphia-based thieves, who, despite their differences, are able to pull off their latest heist of a bejeweled necklace which Baylock, the jewelry specialist, appraises at $150,000 retail. The heist itself was not without its problems, they having a couple of close calls in the process. The heist only exacerbates the issues between the four. Baylock has always had problems with Gladden who he sees as adding nothing to their gang, while brutish Dohmer always seem solely to want to manhandle her. While Nat realizes that they have to hold on to the necklace until things cool down in it being too hot, Baylock, on parole, wants to get rid of it as soon as possible to reduce their risk. While most realize they will ultimately only be able to get a fraction of the retail amount, Dohmer wants to push for as close to retail as possible. Through it all, Nat, the leader, seems to have a protective nature toward Gladden - the reason he comes to her defense against Baylock and Dohmer - even though the others can see that he isn't interested in her in a romantic sense. Nat, in turn, is unaware that Gladden is indeed in love with him. While the four lay low together with Baylock and Dohmer in particular going stir crazy, Nat is able to convince Gladden to hide out in the open somewhere else - the choice being Atlantic City - to protect her against those stir crazy feelings of the other two. When Nat eventually discovers that Gladden is in danger from someone who believes she may be in possession of the necklace, the reason her pursuer believes she was sent away, Nat, who is still the holder of the jewels, feels obligated to protect her at all cost.
An ex-military accountant is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the mob in Chicago in an attempt to break open the rackets. To complicate his job, two women stand in his way, each with their own agenda.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Henry Hull, Margaret Wycherly
Eve Peabody (Claudette Colbert), a vivacious and resourceful American showgirl, finds herself in a predicament in the enchanting city of Paris. Stranded and penniless, she hatches a plan to gatecrash high-society parties and gatherings, relying on her quick wit and charm to charm potential benefactors.
One fateful evening, while trying to sneak into a lavish soirée, she crosses paths with Georges Flammarion (Don Ameche), a wealthy French aristocrat who mistakes her for a famous Hungarian countess. Charmed by her beauty and intrigued by her story, Georges offers to sponsor her for the season, introducing her to Parisian high society.
As Eve, now posing as the Countess, navigates the intricacies of French aristocracy, she finds herself entangled in a web of romantic entanglements, including a budding affection for Georges. Meanwhile, Jacques Picot (John Barrymore), a suave and cunning taxi driver, becomes her confidant and aids her in maintaining her charade.
The film unfolds in a series of comedic and romantic escapades as Eve juggles her dual identity and navigates the complexities of love and class. Georges remains smitten with the charming Countess, but as he begins to uncover the truth about her past, he must decide whether to follow his heart or adhere to societal expectations.
"Midnight" is a delightful and sophisticated comedy of manners that explores themes of love, identity, and the blurred lines between reality and pretense. With sparkling dialogue and charismatic performances, it's a timeless cinematic gem that continues to enchant audiences with its romantic allure and witty humor, showcasing the enduring magic of classic Hollywood cinema.
In the foreboding, isolated town of Ravensbrook, nestled deep in the mountains, stands the imposing Ravensbrook Sanitarium. Dr. Victor Sorenson (played by Robert Thornfield), a brilliant but unhinged scientist, runs the institution with an iron fist. He is known for his controversial and extreme treatments, which he claims can cure even the most deeply disturbed minds.
When a series of mysterious disappearances and deaths occur within the sanitarium, Inspector David Holmes (played by Richard Langley), a seasoned detective with a keen sense of justice, is dispatched to Ravensbrook. He poses as a new patient to investigate the troubling rumors surrounding Dr. Sorenson's methods.
Inside the sanitarium, Holmes discovers a world of madness and terror. Patients, some truly disturbed and others wrongly committed, are subjected to horrifying experiments. Dr. Sorenson's obsession with pushing the boundaries of medical science has led him down a dark and dangerous path.
As Holmes delves deeper into the asylum's secrets, he encounters a range of eccentric characters, from the tormented patients to the enigmatic staff members who seem to be under Dr. Sorenson's sinister influence. The detective must navigate this treacherous labyrinth of deception and madness to uncover the truth.
With each revelation, the line between sanity and insanity blurs, and Holmes realizes that he may be the only hope for the innocent souls trapped within the sanitarium. But to stop the mad doctor, he must outwit a cunning adversary who will stop at nothing to protect his deranged experiments.
"The Mad Doctor" is a spine-tingling thriller that explores the fragility of the human mind and the depths of obsession. As Holmes races against time to unravel the mysteries of Ravensbrook Sanitarium, he must confront his own fears and demons, leading to a heart-pounding climax that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Will justice prevail, or will the madness of Dr. Victor Sorenson consume them all?
Cast: Billy Mauch, Ann Doran, Loretta Young, Wendell Corey
The film centers around Dr. Wilma Tuttle, a brilliant and reserved college professor, who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when one of her students is found dead. The circumstances surrounding the student's death raise suspicions, and Dr. Tuttle is accused of committing the heinous act.
As the trial unfolds, Dr. Tuttle's defense attorney, David Stevenson, takes on her case. Stevenson is determined to prove his client's innocence and unveil the truth behind the tragic incident.
Throughout the courtroom drama, the film delves into the complexities of the case and the various testimonies that paint contrasting portraits of the accused. As witnesses take the stand and the evidence is presented, the audience is drawn into the gripping narrative, unsure of the truth and the ultimate outcome.
As the trial progresses, Stevenson becomes entangled in a web of conflicting accounts and hidden motives, leading him to question his own beliefs and perceptions. The film masterfully examines the interplay between truth and perception, challenging the audience to question their own assumptions about guilt and innocence.
"The Accused" also delves into the psychological impact of war and its lingering effects on individuals' mental and emotional well-being. Dr. Tuttle's experiences during the war become crucial elements in understanding her behavior and motivations, adding depth and nuance to her character.
As the tension rises and the courtroom drama reaches its climax, Stevenson is faced with the ultimate challenge of presenting a compelling defense while grappling with the emotional toll of the case.
With its riveting performances and thought-provoking themes, "The Accused" emerges as a powerful exploration of justice, human nature, and the consequences of war. The film offers a poignant and timeless reflection on the complexities of the human condition and the pursuit of truth in the face of adversity.
Cast: Barrie Chase, Dolores Reed, Carmen Phillips, John Ireland
"Party Girl" introduces us to Vicki Gaye (played by the lead actress), a vivacious and alluring hostess at one of the most extravagant nightclubs in Las Vegas. Vicki is known for her beauty, charm, and her ability to light up any room she enters. However, beneath her glamorous façade lies a complex woman with a troubled past.
When Vicki crosses paths with the powerful and enigmatic mob lawyer Thomas Farrell (played by the lead actor), her life takes an unexpected turn. Thomas sees potential in Vicki beyond her current role and convinces her to cooperate with law enforcement in exchange for protection. As Vicki becomes a key witness in a high-profile case against organized crime, she finds herself torn between loyalty to the mob and her desire for a fresh start.
Amidst the backdrop of glittering casinos, high-stakes gambling, and the allure of the Las Vegas nightlife, Vicki and Thomas' relationship deepens. Their connection is tested as they navigate the dangerous world of crime bosses and corrupt officials. Vicki's courage and determination to break free from her past lead to a series of tense and suspenseful confrontations.
As the tension escalates, Vicki must make difficult choices that will impact her future and the lives of those she cares about. The film delves into themes of redemption, sacrifice, and the complexity of human relationships. As Vicki grapples with her own identity and the consequences of her actions, she is faced with the ultimate decision that could define her fate.
"Party Girl" weaves a captivating narrative of crime, love, and redemption, set against the glitzy and glamorous world of 1950s Las Vegas. The film's stylish visuals, compelling characters, and moral dilemmas make it a compelling exploration of the human psyche in the face of temptation and danger. As Vicki's story unfolds, audiences are drawn into a world where the pursuit of happiness clashes with the shadows of the past, creating a gripping and memorable cinematic experience.
Cast: Gail Russell, John Lund, Paula Raymond, Margaret Field
The story centers around John Triton (played by the lead actor), a former mentalist and carnival performer who claims to have the ability to predict the future. Despite his skepticism and attempts to distance himself from his psychic gift, John's visions of impending disasters continue to haunt him. He becomes an outcast, living a solitary life until he crosses paths with a wealthy heiress, Jean Courtland (played by the lead actress).
Jean is initially skeptical of John's powers but soon finds herself drawn into his world of premonitions and danger. As John's predictions start coming true, including accidents and tragedies, Jean and her fiancé Elliott (played by the supporting actor) become entangled in a web of paranoia and uncertainty. John's visions take on a sinister turn, revealing a pattern of misfortune that puts everyone's lives at risk.
The film weaves a complex narrative of psychological tension as John grapples with the responsibility of his powers and the moral implications of intervening in fate. The characters' relationships become strained as they confront the possibility of altering destiny and the consequences that may follow. Secrets are revealed, alliances are tested, and the boundaries between reality and the supernatural blur.
"Night Has a Thousand Eyes" masterfully utilizes the film noir visual style to create an atmosphere of suspense and unease. The shadowy cinematography, dark alleyways, and evocative lighting heighten the sense of foreboding and mystery that permeates the narrative.
As the suspense builds, the characters are drawn deeper into a labyrinth of intrigue, ultimately leading to a tense and climactic resolution. The film's exploration of the human desire to understand and control the future, as well as the psychological toll of confronting the unknown, resonates on a profound level.
With its intricate plot twists, moral dilemmas, and exploration of the supernatural, "Night Has a Thousand Eyes" remains a captivating and timeless example of the film noir genre. The film's themes of fate, paranoia, and the enigmatic forces that shape our lives make it a thought-provoking and suspenseful cinematic experience.
Cast: Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes, Bing Russell, Jane Darwell
The story centers around Edward Shaw (played by the lead actor), a wealthy and seemingly content businessman who appears to have it all. However, Shaw's life takes a sinister turn when he is approached by a mysterious and alluring woman named Doris (played by the lead actress) with a tempting offer: a chance to invest in a lucrative real estate deal. Shaw's initial hesitation gives way to curiosity, and he agrees to invest a significant sum of money.
As Shaw becomes further entangled in the deal, he begins to suspect that not everything is as it seems. Doubts and paranoia creep in as he uncovers a trail of deception, manipulation, and murder. Shaw finds himself on a dangerous path, racing against time to uncover the truth behind the conspiracy and protect his own life.
"A Life at Stake" is characterized by its atmospheric cinematography and shadowy visuals that are emblematic of the film noir genre. The film's moody lighting and tension-filled scenes create a sense of unease and uncertainty, mirroring the protagonist's descent into a world of danger and moral ambiguity.
The movie's plot twists and revelations keep the audience engaged as Shaw's investigation deepens and the stakes continue to rise. The characters he encounters, each with their own motives and secrets, add layers of complexity to the narrative and challenge Shaw's perceptions of trust and betrayal.
As the film hurtles toward its climax, Shaw's desperate attempts to untangle the web of lies and clear his name lead to a suspenseful and intense showdown. The film's exploration of morality, greed, and the lengths one will go to protect their life and reputation adds depth and intrigue to its narrative.
With its tense storytelling, strong performances, and a brooding atmosphere, "A Life at Stake" offers a classic example of film noir that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The film's exploration of the dark corners of human nature and the consequences of one's choices make it a compelling and thought-provoking cinematic experience that continues to captivate audiences.
Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Dennis O'Keefe, Walter Brennan, Christian Rub
In a small American town, Joe Wilson, a hardworking and law-abiding citizen played by Spencer Tracy, is on his way to propose to his sweetheart, Katherine Grant (played by Sylvia Sidney). However, his plans are tragically interrupted when he is mistaken for an escaped criminal responsible for a kidnapping that has captivated the nation.
Despite his protests of innocence, a frenzied mob fueled by sensational headlines and a thirst for vengeance descends upon the jail where Joe is being held. The townspeople are gripped by hysteria, demanding that Joe be handed over to them for swift and violent retribution.
The local authorities, terrified by the mob's fervor, make a desperate decision to surrender Joe to the mob. He is dragged away and subjected to a brutal lynching attempt, barely escaping with his life. The traumatic experience leaves Joe scarred physically and emotionally, forever changed by the savagery of the mob.
In the aftermath of the failed lynching, Joe's survival becomes known to the public, leading to a shocking revelation that he was innocent all along. The real criminal is eventually captured, and the truth of Joe's innocence is exposed.
As the community grapples with the consequences of their actions, a trial ensues to bring the perpetrators of the lynching attempt to justice. The courtroom drama unfolds as the mob's actions are put on trial, highlighting the destructive power of unchecked rage and the fragility of justice.
"Fury" is a powerful and searing indictment of mob mentality and the dangers of unchecked emotions. It raises profound questions about the nature of justice and the thin line that separates civilization from barbarity. Through the compelling performances of the cast and the masterful direction of Fritz Lang, the film resonates as a haunting reminder of the potential for both good and evil that resides within humanity.
"Fury" stands as a timeless and thought-provoking classic that continues to captivate audiences with its powerful themes and stark portrayal of the human condition. It remains an enduring testament to the importance of upholding justice and compassion, even in the face of overwhelming emotions and collective frenzy.
Cast: Louise Allbritton, Raymond Burr, Arthur Space, Dennis O'Keefe
"Walk a Crooked Mile" follows an intense cat-and-mouse game between American law enforcement and Soviet spies during the height of the Cold War. When top-secret military technology goes missing, U.S. authorities are on high alert, suspecting the involvement of a dangerous espionage ring.
FBI agent Philip Grayson (Dennis O'Keefe) and British intelligence officer James Denning (Louis Hayward) team up to track down the spies responsible for stealing a new missile guidance system. Their investigation leads them on a trail of deception, betrayal, and unexpected alliances.
As Grayson and Denning delve deeper into the case, they discover that the spies are operating under the cover of legitimate scientific research. The agents must navigate a treacherous landscape of false identities, hidden motives, and dangerous confrontations to uncover the truth behind the stolen technology.
The film takes viewers on a thrilling journey as Grayson and Denning work tirelessly to outwit the cunning spies and thwart their plans. Tensions rise as they inch closer to the heart of the conspiracy, with each step revealing new layers of intrigue and danger.
"Walk a Crooked Mile" is characterized by its atmospheric noir visuals, tense pacing, and a gripping narrative that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. As the agents race against time to prevent a potentially catastrophic breach of national security, the movie explores themes of patriotism, loyalty, and the lengths to which individuals will go to protect their countries.
With its suspenseful plot twists, shadowy characters, and a backdrop of international espionage, "Walk a Crooked Mile" remains a classic example of the film noir genre, offering a thrilling and engaging cinematic experience.