Evelyn Keyes

  • S. Sylvan Simon – The Thrill of Brazil (1946)

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    The Thrill of Brazil (1946)
    The Thrill of Brazil (1946)

    In this musical, Broadway producer Steve Farraugh is in Rio to preview a show he plans to take to New York. The star of the production, Linda Lorens, pines for Steve, but he is still in love with his estranged wife, Vicki, who arrives in Rio with divorce papers and her new fiancé, John Habour, in tow. Steve concocts a plan to win Vicki back, but, amid a slew of song-and-dance numbers, all goes awry.Read More »

  • James P. Hogan – Sons of the Legion (1938)

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    Sons of the Legion (1938)
    Sons of the Legion (1938)

    A father who received a dishonourable Army discharge hesitates to get involved with the formation of a youth group.Read More »

  • Sidney Salkow – Flight Lieutenant (1942)

    1941-1950ClassicsDramaSidney SalkowUSA

    In 1932, Sam Doyle, a decorated World War I pilot, is a successful commercial pilot and a single parent to his ten-year-old son Danny. One night, after drinking too much, Doyle crashes his plane, killing his co-pilot, William Thompson. Remorseful, Doyle tries to make amends by giving all his money to the dead pilot’s wife and young daughter Susie. To conceal his charity, Doyle arranges for Joe Sanford, a legal guardian, to administer the fund. When Doyle offers no defense at his hearing of the Civil Aeronautics Board, his pilot’s license is permanently revoked. The dead pilot’s brother, Lt. John Thompson, believes Doyle’s sentence is too lenient, however, and vows revenge. Read More »

  • John H. Auer – Hell’s Half Acre (1954)

    1951-1960CrimeFilm NoirJohn H. AuerUSA

    A woman who believes her missing husband is in prison in Hawaii on a murder charge travels there to see if it actually is him. However, he escapes before she sees him, when he hears that his current girlfriend has been murdered. The wife searches the slum area of Honolulu known as Hell’s Half Acre for him, he searches for his girlfriend’s killer, and his gangland associates are looking for the two of them.Read More »

  • Charles Vidor – Ladies in Retirement (1941)

    1941-1950Charles VidorCrimeThrillerUSA

    In the late nineteenth century, Ellen Creed works as the live-in companion to Miss Leonora Fiske, a retired actress who lives in the English countryside and who still retains her theatrical mannerisms. Ellen receives notice that the landlady of her two sisters, Emily Creed and Louisa Creed, who currently live in London, is threatening to call the police to haul them away to an asylum because of their disruptive behavior due to their mentally deranged state. Ellen will not allow her sisters to be institutionalized, and convinces Miss Fiske to allow them to stay with them for a couple of days. Miss Fiske was unaware of their deranged mental state when she agreed and is also unaware that Ellen hopes to make their stay permanent.Read More »

  • Earl McEvoy – The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

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    A married team of diamond smugglers enter New York to fence their purloined gems unaware that the wife is carrying the highly contagious, deadly smallpox virus. The crooks ensconce themselves in a hotel without realizing that the wife’s every move is being monitored by a Treasury agent. The husband directs her to stay put while he goes off on business. Actually he is going out to tryst with his conniving sister-in-law. Back in the room, the wife feels ill and so creeps out to see a doctor.Read More »

  • Phil Karlson – 99 River Street (1953)

    1951-1960Film NoirPhil KarlsonThrillerUSA

    Having lost his heavyweight championship match, boxer Ernie Driscoll now drives a taxi for a living and earns the scorn of his nagging wife, Pauline, who blames him for her lack of social status. Involved with jewel thief Victor Rawlins, Pauline is murdered by him when she impedes his ability to fence the jewels. Blamed for his wife’s murder, Ernie must track down Rawlins before he leaves the country.Read More »

  • Joseph Losey – The Prowler (1951)

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    Poor Susan Gilvray. One night she sees a peeping tom watching her through her bathroom window, so she does the sensible thing and calls the cops. But that prowler was but a fleeting invasion of her privacy. The cop who comes to her rescue brings a more sustained intrusion into her life. She has made a mistake in inviting this emotional vampire into her home. He sizes up what he sees–a huge suburban mansion, and a shapely blonde within-and decides he wants it all. The prowler scampers off into the night, never to be seen again. The cop, however, stays.Read More »

  • Gordon Douglas & Henry Levin – Mr. Soft Touch (1949)

    1941-1950CrimeDramaGordon DouglasHenry LevinUSA

    Just before Christmas, Joe Miracle, a returning WWII war hero, comes home to learn that gangster Barney Teener has taken over his nightclub and murdered Joe’s partner. Joe loots the club’s safe for $100,000 and then finds sanctuary in a settlement house ran by Jenny Jones. Mistaking him for a down-and-out musician, she helps him understand the importance of her work. “Early” Byrd, a newspaper columnist, learns Joe’s true identity and writes a column that puts Barney on his trail. The gangsters recover the money, after setting fire to the settlement house, but Joe steals it again, and returns to the gutted welfare house disguised as Santa Claus, and gives the money to Jenny to rebuild. There, Tenner and his gang catch up to Joe.Read More »

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