Fred F. Sears

  • Fred F. Sears – The 49th Man (1953)

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    U.S. security agent John Ireland suspects that someone is smuggling atomic devices into America. When he makes his report, Ireland is assured by his superiors that nothing untoward is going on. In fact, the higher-ups have had the wool pulled over their eyes by a clever Communist saboteur, who is assembling a super-bomb, with plans to detonate the doomsday weapon somewhere in the States. If we had to have cold-war thrillers, replete with Commie bad guys wearing baggy suits and calling everyone “Comrade”, it’s too bad that all of these films weren’t as entertaining as Columbia’s The 49th Man. The original story was written by Ivan Tors, later the producer of such classic TV series as Science Fiction Theater and Sea Hunt. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie GuideRead More »

  • Fred F. Sears – Crash Landing (1958)

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    The passengers and crew of a trans-Atlantic flight prepare for a crash landing at sea.Read More »

  • Fred F. Sears – Escape from San Quentin (1957)

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    Singing star Johnny Desmond (Calypso Heat Wave, China Doll) goes dramatic in this Sam Katzman production. Desmond plays convict Mike Gilbert, who goes on the lam with fellow prisoners Gruber (Richard Devon, The Undead) and Graham (Roy Engel, Rogue River) when he finds out his wife is divorcing him and feels he has nothing to lose. While hiding from the law, Gilbert falls in love with Robbie (Merry Anders, Tickle Me, The Quick Gun), his ex-wife’s sister. Through Robbie’s influence, Gilbert decides to go straight, but his cohorts aren’t quite so willing to reform. Like most Sam Katzman productions of the era, this was loosely based on a true story. Directed by Fred F. Sears and featuring an original score by Laurindo Almeida. Newly remastered. From Warner Brothers Website!Read More »

  • Fred F. Sears – The Miami Story (1954)

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    When Miami, Florida became national headquarters for a ten billion dollar crime syndicate ruled by crime-czar Tomy Brill (Luther Adler), whose chief henchman is Ted Delacorte (John Baer), a citizen’s committee enlists the aid of a reformed gangster Mick Flakk (Barry Sullivan), a widower with a ten-year-old son, pretends to move in on Brill’s rackets. Brill’s henchmen beat up a woman,Holly Abbott (Beverly Garland), whom Flagg has befriended to get the dope on Flagg’s plans, he orders the police to raid the syndicate’s gambling-club. Brill counters by having Flagg’s son, Gil Flagg (David Kasday), kidnapped.Read More »

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