Maxwell Shane

  • Maxwell Shane – Fear in the Night (1946)

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    Fear in the Night (1946)
    Fear in the Night (1946)

    A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

    This is a classic noir from a classic year in the cycle. Max Shane was a Black Mask writer, the important pulp magazine precursor of the Noir genre. William Irish aka Cornell Woolrich was the master of the period. Cheepo producers Pine and Thomas, known as the Dollar Bills, later took the genre rightward making police the center of the action in the early 50’s (HE WALKED BY NIGHT) and were later Ronald Reagan’s producers. Shane later remade the same story as NIGHTMARE (1956) with Edward G. Robinson again for Pine/Thomas when working for them was a sign of having been absolved of anti-Americanism (which Robinson needed in 1956). Read More »

  • Maxwell Shane – The Naked Street (1955)

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    Roselle Regalzyk (Anne Bancroft) is the naughty but nice little sister of mobster Phil “Regal” (Anthony Quinn). The unwed Roselle has managed to get herself pregnant by Nick Branda (Farley Granger), another convict who is soon on his way to the electric chair. Phil no sooner has Nick sprung so that he can marry Roselle, then Roselle miscarries, making the shotgun wedding unnecessaryRead More »

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