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Title Film noir classic collection. Vol. 5 [videorecording] : 8 timeless suspense thrillers.

Imprint Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2010]


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Description 4 videodiscs (ca. 11 hr., 23 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Note Originally released as motion pictures in 1945-1956.
Title from container.
Includes theatrical trailers on two titles.
Contents Disc 1: Cornered (1950) / directed by Edward Dmytryk -- Desperate (1947) / directed by Anthony Mann -- Disc 2: The Phenix City story (1955) / directed by Phil Karlson -- Dial 1119 (1950) / directed by Gerald Mayer -- Disc 3: Crime in the streets (1956) / directed by Don Siegel -- Armored car robbery (1950) / directed by Richard Fleischer -- Disc 4: Backfire (1950) / directed by Vincent Sherman -- Deadline at dawn (1946) / directed by Harold Clurman .
Cast "Cornered": Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale, Morris Carnovsky, Edgar Barrier, Steven Geray, Jack LaRue, Gregory Gaye.
"Desperate": Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley, William Challee, Jason Robards, Sr., Freddie Steele, Lee Frederick, Paul E. Burns, Ilka GrĂ¼ning.
"The Phenix City story": John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews, Lenka Peterson, Biff McGuire, Truman Smith, Jean Carson, Kathy Marlowe, John Larch, Allen Nourse, James Edwards, Helen Martin, Otto Hulett, George Mitchell.
"Dial 1119": Marshall Thompson, Virginia Field, Andrea King, Sam Levene, Leon Ames, Keefe Brasselle, Richard Rober, James Bell, William Conrad, Dick Simmons, Hal Baylor.
"Crime in the streets": James Whitmore, Sal Mineo, Mark Rydell, Virginia Gregg, Peter J. Votrian, Will Kuluva, Malcolm Atterbury, Denise Alexander, Dan Terranova, Peter Miller, Steve Rowland, John Cassavetes.
"Armored car robbery": Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman, Douglas Fowley, Steve Brodie, Don McGuire, Don Haggerty, James Flavin, Gene Evans.
"Backfire": Virginia Mayo, Gordon MacRae, Edmond O'Brien, Dane Clark, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Begley, Frances Robinson, Richard Rober, Sheila MacRae, David Hoffman, Monte Blue, Ida Moore, Leonard Strong, John Ridgely.
"Deadline at dawn": Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams, Joseph Calleia, Osa Massen, Lola Lane, Jerome Cowan, Marvin Miller, Roman Bohnen, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Constance Worth, Joseph Crehan.
Summary "Cornered" (102 min.) From England to continental Europe to Buenos Aires, ex-RCAF pilot Dick Powell stalks the Nazi collaborator who murdered his bride. But one fact constantly surfaces during his quest: no one can describe the mysterious man.
"Desperate" (73 min.) Steve Brodie is a postwar Everyman sho accepts what he thinks is an honest trucking job, only to find he's the driver in a botched heist that puts Brodie and his bride (Audrey Long) on the run from the cops and the cons who planned the job (including the chief thug Raymond Burr). Includes "Cornered" theatrical trailer.
"The Phenix City story" (87 min.) Corruption, brutality and vice plagued Phenix City, Alabama, for 100 years, so who would dare to change it? Based on real-life events and filmed on location in what was called Sin City USA, director Phil Karlson's semidocumentary tells the jolting tale of those who risked their lives to bring the burg's syndicate of thugs and murderers to justice.
"Dial 1119" (75 min.) An asylum inmate escapes to the city, where he takes hostages at a local dive, guns down a bar employee and warns authorities his captives will be next if the doctor whose testimony first put him away doesn't arrive within the hour. Includes "Dial 1119" theatrical trailer.
"Crime in the streets" (91 min.) Following a turf rumble with a rival group, street gang leader John Casavetes tells his gang to do what they've never done before: kill a snitch.
"Armored car robbery" (67 min.) Richard Fleischer directs this brute-force milestone about a deadly heist and the battle of wits and firepower between a fugitive gangster (William Talman) and his stripper moll (Adele Jergens) and a bulldog cop (Charles McGraw), out to avenge his partner's death, who uses hidden microphones, lab work and his own well-honed instincts to close the net.
"Backfire" (91 min.) Vincent Sherman directs this gripping yarn about recovering war veteran Gordon MacRae's quest to prove pal Edmond O'Brien innocent of murder. Aiding him is his resourceful nurse Virginia Mayo. And a secretive doctor, a lively undertaker, a desperate gambler, a dying witness nad a haunting Viennese melody all lead them to a shocking climax.
"Deadline at dawn" (83 min.) A gangster's sister lies dead. All clues point to sailor Bill Williams as the murderer. Slated to depart for duty at dawn, the swabbie, aided by good-hearted dime-a-dancer Susan Hayward and affable cabbie Paul Lukas, has mere hours to prove his innocence.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details DVD, region 1, full screen and widescreen (Crime in the streets, The Phenix City story) presentations ; Dolby Digital mono.
Language English dialogue, with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish ; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Subject Criminals -- Drama.
Murder -- Drama.
Veterans -- Drama.
Corruption -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Genre/Form Film noir.
Police films.
Gangster films.
Legal films.
Detective and mystery films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Siegel, Don, 1912-1991.
Fleischer, Richard.
Sherman, Vincent.
Dmytryk, Edward.
Waxman, Franz, 1906-1967.
Rose, Reginald.
Clurman, Harold, 1901-1980.
Mayer, Gerald, 1919-2001.
Karlson, Phil, 1908-1985.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Added Title Cornered (Motion picture : 1945)
Desperate (Motion picture : 1947)
Backfire (Motion picture : 1950)
Phenix City story.
Deadline at dawn.
Armored car robbery.
Crime in the streets.
Dial 1119.
ISBN 1419875116
Standard No. 883929042197

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