Sugiani, a black-market racketeer in London, following World War II, is amassing a vast fortune until Linda Medbury, an American newspaper reporter, learns about him and his operation. She wages a crusade against Sugiani, and enlists the aid of her fiancée, ‘Jumbo’ Hyde, a former British Commando captain. Sugiania tries to buy her off but fails, and then threatens her life. Linda and Hyde get a gymnasium operator to lend them some fighter to storm Sugiani’s headquarters.
Le petit lieutenant / The Young Lieutenant (2005) Xavier Beauvois, Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert, Roschdy Zem, Crime, Drama
When a fresh young police academy graduate from provincial Le Havre volunteers for the high pressure world of the Parisian homicide squad, his schoolteacher wife is reluctant to go with him. He moves into a rooming house that caters to single cops as he embraces his fellow officers as an extended family. He becomes close to an Arab officer and his boss, a very professional but lonely, middle-aged female detective who is also a recovering alcoholic. Routine police procedure gives way to an intensive search among the city’s homeless for an undocumented Russian immigrant who may be responsible for a series of violent crimes.
The Case of the Black Parrot (1941) Noel M. Smith, William Lundigan, Maris Wrixon, Eddie Foy Jr., Crime, Drama, Mystery
Sandy Vantine and her uncle, Paul Vantine, return from Europe with an antique cabinet purchased during their trip. Jim Moore, a reporter who had met Sandy and fallen for her during the voyage, suspects something odd about the cabinet. His suspicions are confirmed when people who have touched the cabinet mysteriously die. Jim and Sandy set out to solve the mystery before anyone else can become a victim.
The Saint’s Vacation (1941) Leslie Fenton, Hugh Sinclair, Sally Gray, Arthur Macrae, Crime, Drama, Mystery
An otherwise innocuous-looking music box is the coveted macguffin that provokes treachery, robbery, torture, murder, and a chase across the Continent involving one of Simon Templar’s greatest nemeses, Rudolph Hauser. “The Saint” is aided by amiable sidekick Monty Hatward and spunky girl reporter Mary Langdon.
Hide-Out (1934) W.S. Van Dyke, Robert Montgomery, Maureen O’Sullivan, Edward Arnold, Comedy, Crime, Drama
While running away from the police, playboy racketeer Jack ‘Lucky’ Wilson receives a non-life threatening bullet wound. Lucky manages to escape and drives as far as he can before passing out. Lucky is found by farmer Henry Miller, who believes Lucky is an innocent man who was randomly shot by gangsters. Lucky contacts his partner, Tony Berrelli, who sends the mob payrolled doctor to check on Lucky’s condition. Tony believes this situation is perfect: the Miller farm is the perfect hide-out for Lucky from the police during Lucky’s recuperation. Farm life is against Lucky’s sensibilities, that is until he meets the pretty Miller daughter, Pauline. He immediately falls for her and she for him. Lucky needs to figure out how to reconcile his gangster background with the simple farm life, especially with Henry who has had his own bad experiences with racketeers, and with the police who are still after him.
A criminal known as Thunderbolt is imprisoned and facing execution. Into the next cell is placed Bob Morgan, an innocent man who has been framed and who is in love with Thunderbolt’s girl, without knowing of their relationship. Thunderbolt hopes to stave off the execution long enough to kill young Morgan for romancing his girl.
A dramatization about how the high level covert conspirators in the JFK assassination might have planned and plotted the assassination based on the data and facts of the case. It posits that a covert group of rogue intelligence agents, ultra-conservative politicians, unscrupulously greedy business interests, and free-lance assassins become increasingly alarmed at President Kennedy’s policies, including his views on race relations, winding down the Vietnam War, and ending the oil depletion allowance. They decide to terminate him through an “executive action” utilizing three teams of well-trained snipers during JFK’s visit to Dallas and place the blame on supposed CIA operative Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin.
Cold Summer of 1953 / Kholodnoe leto pyatdesyat tretego (1988) Aleksandr Proshkin, Valeriy Priyomykhov, Anatoliy Papanov, Viktor Stepanov, Action, Crime, Drama
In 1953, the year Stalin died, many prisoners (some political, but mostly common criminals) were released from the Soviet Gulags. This is the story of a remote settlement which was under attack by a bunch of these recently-released blood-thirsty thugs in the summer of 1953, and the townspeople, along with a two political prisoners, who try to stop them.