William A. Berke

  • William A. Berke – Roaring City (1951)

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    A private detective gets hired for two jobs: the first is to bet on a fighter in a fixed boxing match, and the second is to pose as a woman’s husband.Read More »

  • William A. Berke – Pier 23 (1951)

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    Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
    Pier 23 was one of three hour-long mysteries produced by Lippert Productions for both TV and theatrical release. Each of the three films was evenly divided into two half-hour “episodes,” and each starred Hugh Beaumont as San Francisco-based amateur sleuth Dennis O’Brien. In Pier 23, O’Brien first tackles the case of a wrestler who has died of a suspicious heart attack after refusing to lose a match. He then agrees to help a priest talk an escaped criminal into returning to prison. The film’s two-part structure leads to repetition and predictability, but it’s fun to watch TV’s “Ward Cleaver” making like Philip Marlowe.Read More »

  • William A. Berke – FBI Girl (1951)

    1951-1960CrimeFilm NoirUSAWilliam A. Berke

    A governor planning to run for U.S. Senate has a secret past that could prove damaging to his political aspirations: he’s a convicted murderer, and that will come to light if the FBI does an investigative check on him. He goes to a local crime boss for help. The racketeer arranges for a low-level FBI employee to take the incriminating file from FBI headquarters, but then she is conveniently murdered. Two FBI agents investigating her murder begin to think that something isn’t quite kosher.Read More »

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