Underworld, U.S.A. (1961) Samuel Fuller

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Underworld, U.S.A. (1961)
Written, produced and directed by Samuel Fuller
Based on articles in The Saturday Evening Post 1956 by Joseph F. Dinneen
Cinematography by Hal Mohr
Filmstruck (1:39)

“We’ve got a right to climb out of the sewer and live like other people.”

The filmography of Samuel Fuller isn’t exactly a blind spot for me, but rather a blurry one. I have seen only five of Fuller’s films and although I’ve found them all interesting, I’m not quite sure what it is about his work that makes them so different and compelling. Maybe I’ll discover that as I’m exploring Underworld, U.S.A.

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Noirvember 2016, Episode 29: Pickup on South Street (1953)

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Pickup on South Street (1953) Samuel Fuller (2x)
(1:20)
Eureka! Masters of Cinema Blu-ray (UK)

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It’s just another job for pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark, right)… He spots a woman on a New York City subway train, lifts her wallet, and is on his way. He’s done it a thousand times and hardly has to even think about it. But this time Skip has picked up more than he’s bargained for. The wallet contains microfilm filled with top-secret government information. The woman named Candy (Jean Peters, left) was going to deliver the microfilm to her ex-boyfriend Joey (Richard Kiely). Joey had told Candy that the envelope she was delivering contained stolen business documents. Candy doesn’t know that Joey is really a communist spy and Skip doesn’t know what he’s got. They’re both in a world of trouble.

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House of Bamboo (1955) Noirvember 2015: Episode 5

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House of Bamboo (1955) Samuel Fuller
(1:42)
Fox Film Noir DVD

House of Bamboo is a rarity of film noir in that it was shot not only in CinemaScope, but also in DeLuxe Color. It’s also set in Tokyo and was supposedly the first American movie shot in Japan after World War II. All this and more makes House of Bamboo an atypical – yet totally satisfying – film noir.

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