Noirvember 2017, Episode 20: Scandal Sheet (1952)

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Scandal Sheet (1952) Phil Karlson
TCM (1:22)

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I believe there’s no such thing as too much Phil Karlson, so I proudly present Scandal Sheet for your Noirvember viewing pleasure. Broderick Crawford (who previously appeared in The Mob) stars as Mark Chapman, a no-nonsense newspaper man who has taken over the slagging New York Express and – much to the chagrin of the paper’s Board of Directors – turned it into a tabloid sensation.

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Noirvember 2017, Episode 18: Tight Spot (1955)

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Tight Spot (1955) Phil Karlson
Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics III DVD (1:37)

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It seems odd that a play which ran for only 21 performances on Broadway would get the green light for a movie starring Ginger Rogers and Edward G. Robinson, but that’s what happened with Tight Spot. Based on the 1953 play Dead Pigeon by Lenard Kantor, Tight Spot is another “protect the witness long enough for her to testify” movie, this time with a female prison inmate and former model Sherry Conley (Ginger Rogers) willing to expose mobster Benjamin Costain (Lorne Greene) in front of a jury.

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The Phenix City Story (1955) Phil Karlson

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The Phenix City Story (1955) Phil Karlson
(1:40)
Film Noir Collection Vol. 5 (Warner Home Video)

The Phenix City Story is one of those odd films you’re not exactly sure how to handle. Is it film noir, crime drama, true crime expose, or something else? Some writers of works dealing with film noir include it while others ignore it. It’s a question best settled by each individual viewer.

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99 River Street (1953) Phil Karlson

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99 River Street (aka Crosstown) (1953) Phil Karlson
(1:23)
Edward Small Productions/United Artists
Amazon streaming

You could certainly be excused for watching the first 10 minutes of 99 River Street dismissing it as just another “coulda been a contender” flick about a down-and-out fighter trying to cope with life outside the ring, but if you stop there, you’ll miss one of the most neglected film noir firecrackers of all time.

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