Loophole (1954) Harold D. Schuster

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You’re accused of stealing from the bank where you work. And Charles McGraw is after you. Which is worse? It doesn’t matter; you have to deal with both problems in the film noir gem Loophole, reviewed here.

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Noirvember 2017, Episode 13: Cry Vengeance (1954)

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Cry Vengeance (1954) Mark Stevens
Olive Blu-ray (1:23)

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San Francisco Detective Vic Barron (Mark Stevens) was so close to bringing down a gang connected to organized crime… In fact, he was too close: the mob bombed his car in an attempt to make him disappear. Barron survived with a disfigured face, but his wife and child were killed in the blast.

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Now, after serving three years in prison, a set-up for a crime he didn’t commit, Barron follows a lead to Ketchikan, Alaska, out to find the man who bombed his family. Along the way, Barron encounters a psycho mob footman named Roxey (Skip Homeier) and maybe more problems than he can handle.

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Noirvember 2017, Episode 11: Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

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Drive a Crooked Road (1954) Richard Quine
Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics III DVD (1:23)

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Eddie Shannon (Mickey Rooney) is both a great mechanic and race car driver, but he’s socially awkward around women and not much more at ease around men, especially the guys he works with at a Los Angeles garage. Eddie can’t believe it when a woman named Barbara (Dianne Foster) brings her car into the shop and asks specifically for him, even telling Eddie which beach she’ll be at later. When he finds Barbara at the beach, she’s with a good-looking guy named Steve (Kevin McCarthy in only his second credited film), a guy Barbara claims is only a friend. Something’s going on here….

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