Crime

Brighton Rock (1947) John Boulting, Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Crime, Drama

Brighton Rock (1947)
Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. This doesn’t convince Ida Arnold, who was with Fred just before he died, and she sets out to find the truth. She comes across naive waitress Rose, who can prove that Fred was murdered. In an attempt to keep Rose quiet Pinkie marries her. But with his gang beginning to doubt his ability, and his rivals taking over his business, Pinkie starts to become more desperate and violent.

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A Prize of Gold (1955) Mark Robson, Richard Widmark, Mai Zetterling, Nigel Patrick, Crime, Adventure, Drama

A Prize of Gold (1955)
Gold bars are discovered while dredging a canal in post WWII Berlin, which the Air Force is transporting in trips to London. One of the soldiers (Widmark) who has access to the gold has fallen in love with a German woman running an amateur orphanage . She wants to relocate with the kids to Brazil (where all good Nazi go). She’s been selling herself to raise the funds, but Widmark jealously intercedes and ruins her setup. He quickly decides to steal the gold to finance the trip.

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Black Market Babies (1945) William Beaudine, Ralph Morgan, Kane Richmond, Jayne Hazard, Crime, Drama

Black Market Babies (1945)
This George Morris story was based on an article that appeared in “Woman’s Home Companion” and later reprinted in “Reader’s Digest.” Eddie Condon, a two-bit racketeer, teams up with an alcoholic doctor, Judson, to set up a maternity home with free facilities to expectant mothers, with the proviso that the women sign away all rights to their newborns. The babies are then offered for adaptation to couples willing to make a substantial “contribution” to the home. Things go well for this borderline within-the-law business until a baby is still-born. Conden had already sold the baby for $5,000 and has no intention of returning the money, so he substitutes the child of the sister of his wife. There is a slip-up on the filing of the certificates and the District Attorney’s office gets involved.

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The Impassive Footman (1932) Basil Dean, Owen Nares, Betty Stockfeld, Allan Jeayes, Crime, Drama

The Impassive Footman (1932)
Grace Marwood and her husband, a hopeless hypochondriac, take a cruise where she falls in love with the ship’s medical officer, young Dr Daventry. The two continue to meet chastely for several years, with Marwood’s behaviour becoming ever more selfish and insufferable in the interim, until her husband finally becomes suspicious and accuses her violently of the adultery she has not in fact committed, provoking her to leave him for the man she loves. Meanwhile, the invalid’s every whim is catered to by the mysterious well-educated footman Simpson, who is apparently prepared to put up with anything from his employer. But Marwood falls genuinely ill, and Daventry is the only doctor in England who may be able to save him… and the footman has a secret of his own…

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Hebi no michi / Serpent’s Path (1998) Shô Aikawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Shiro Shitamoto, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Crime

Hebi no michi AKA Serpent's Path (1998)
Serpent’s Path and its companion piece Eyes of the Spider (Kumo No Hitomi) both start from the same premise: a man taking revenge for the murder of a child. Kurosawa used this premise as the jumping-off point for the two films rather than their definition, resulting in a pair of works which are not so much occupied with revenge, but with the mental processes of human beings in situations that have placed them outside everyday life.

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