Tag Archives: Joanne Dru

Joseph M. Newman – 711 Ocean Drive (1950)

Synopsis:
A telephone repairman in Los Angeles uses his knowledge of electronics to help a bookie set up a betting operation. When the bookie is murdered, the greedy technician takes over his business. He ruthlessly climbs his way to the top of the local crime syndicate, but then gangsters from a big East Coast mob show up wanting a piece of his action. Read More »

Anthony Mann – Thunder Bay (1953)

Quote:In 1946, ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin comes to a Louisiana town with a dream: to build a safe platform for offshore oil drilling. Having finessed financing from a big oil company, formerly penniless Steve and his partner Johnny are in business…and getting interested in shrimp-boat captain Rigaud’s two lovely daughters. But opposition from the fishing community grows fast, led by Stella Rigaud. Read More »

Robert Rossen – All the King’s Men (1949) (HD)

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. Read More »

Frank Tuttle – Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)

Synopsis:
When ex-cop Steve Rollins is released from San Quentin after five years, his only thoughts are of revenge on the men who framed him for manslaughter. Back in San Francisco, his quest for the truth brings him up against ruthless waterfront gang boss Victor Amato. Read More »

Robert Parrish – My Pal Gus (1952)

Plot:
Gus (George Winslow) is the young son of divorced industrialist Dave Jennings (Richard Widmark). Unable to cope with Gus’ mischievous streak, Jennings places the boy in a day-care center. Gus’ teacher Lydia Marble (Joanne Dru) manages to curb the boy’s prankishness, and along the way falls in love with Jennings. Enter the villainess of the piece: Jennings’ ex-wife Joyce (Audrey Totter), who claims that the divorce is invalid and demands a huge sum from Jennings, lest she claim custody of Gus. In the end, it comes down to priorities: does Jennings value his son over his money, or vice versa? My Pal Gus is no Kramer vs. Kramer, but it does pass the time in an agreeable manner. Read More »