Tag Archives: Richard Conte

George Sherman – The Sleeping City (1950)

Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique writes:
The Sleeping City is a gritty, claustrophobic thriller set in a metropolitan hospital. Its jarring opening has a burned-out intern, out on a smoke break, shot point-blank in the face. Film noir fixture Richard Conte heads the “Confidential Squad” that goes undercover to investigate. Coleen Gray is the attractive head nurse with whom Conte becomes involved — and who may be mixed-up in some major medical skulduggery. Read More »

Henry Hathaway – Call Northside 777 (1948)

Synopsis:
When a woman places an ad in the Chicago Times offering a $5,000 reward for information that will exonerate her son, the newspaper assigns reporter P.J. McNeal to look into the case. He learns that eleven years earlier, Frank Wiecek was convicted of killing an on duty police officer in a speakeasy and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. McNeal is quite skeptical as to his innocence and only slowly comes to realize that there was a miscarriage of justice. The real question is whether he can find evidence that would convince the pardon board and obtain Wiecek’s release. Read More »

Fritz Lang – The Blue Gardenia (1953)

by Steve-O of Film Noir of the Week
After getting a Dear John letter from her boyfriend overseas, a young girl goes out on a blind date with a heel. She blacks out after drinking half-a-dozen mixed drinks but remembers fighting off the man with a poker. She goes into a panic when a police manhunt begins for her. A Los Angeles reporter tracks the mystery woman down before the police can get to her. But is she innocent? Read More »

Fernando Di Leo – Il poliziotto è marcio AKA Shoot First, Die Later (1974)

Synopsis:
Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but on a lower rung; he isn’t jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he’s a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn’t take long for the detective’s father to realize his son is on the take… which leads to numerous complications. Read More »

Fernando Di Leo – Il boss AKA Wipeout! AKA The Boss (1973)

A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the fellows of Attardi’s clan a part from Cocchi. He immediately understands that the author of the bomb attack is Daniello from Don Corrasco’s clan. Cocchi is determined to revenge. His actions, including the Corrasco’s daughter kidnap, in a Palermo in which also the police is corrupted, will soon destroy the old equilibrium giving the way to an escalation of violence that won’t save anyone. If Cocchi will survive to the mafia war he will be the new boss for sure. Read More »