In an effort to relieve the suffering of surgery patients, Dr. Thomas Bolton painstakingly develops an opium-based anesthetic, to which he gradually becomes addicted. In order to provide a continual supply of chemicals to continue his experiments and support his addiction, he falls in with a den of murderers who use his signature to sell cadavers to the local hospital.
Xiao sha xing / The Singing Killer (1970) Cheh Chang, David Chiang, Ping Wang, Tina Chin-Fei, Action, Crime, Musical
David Chiang plays Johnny, a reformed criminal turned pop headliner at a hip club in Hong Kong. His past isn’t exactly common knowledge, but it seems to have inspired some of his biggest hits. “I may be small, but I can kill,” he croons in the opening number. Somehow, he doesn’t seem so menacing amid a swirl of choreographed dancers and disco lights … Johnny sure means to keep his nose clean. His former pursuits have cost him the love of his life, who has disappeared. He’s got a great job, and he seems to make plenty of legitimate money for himself and the club owner. But his erstwhile colleagues pop out of the gutter just long enough to imperil Johnny’s whole deal. And it turns out that the club owner doesn’t take such a fatherly and benevolent interest in Johnny’s well-being, either. One more big job is what his ex-friends want from Johnny, and they won’t even shy away from blackmail to get him to do it. Fortunately, a cop who knows the old Johnny and the new Johnny doesn’t give …
Scotland Yard jagt Dr. Mabuse / Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard (1963) Paul May, Peter van Eyck, Agnes Windeck, Dieter Borsche, Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Kenjû zankoku monogatari / Cruel Gun Story (1964) Takumi Furukawa, Jô Shishido, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi, Action, Crime, Thriller
Businessmen arrange the early release from prison of Togawa, serving time for taking revenge on the truck driver whose carelessness confined Togawa’s sister, Rei, to a wheelchair. They want Togawa to hijack an armored truck loaded with 120 million yen; their leverage is to promise him money for surgery for Rei. Togawa consents and plans the heist with three others. The plan is solid, but it doesn’t go smoothly. Togawa must improvise, there are traitors somewhere, and double-crosses mount. Can Togawa escape with enough money to help his sister and ensure a passage out of Japan? Loyalty matters.
Thirty years after the end of WW2 a team of ex-GIs and ex-German soldiers plans to go behind the Iron Curtain, in Soviet controlled East Germany, in order to locate and retrieve a hidden Nazi treasure.However, the only man who knows the exact location of the Nazi loot is a Nazi war criminal who’s imprisoned in the Siegfried military prison.Our team of treasure hunters is not discouraged by the slim odds of ever retrieving the loot. First, they have to get to the imprisoned Nazi official who buried the treasure at the end of the war at the order of his superiors.Second, they have to make the Nazi talk and reveal the exact location of the loot. Third, the team has to penetrate undetected in the Soviet occupied area of East Germany,retrieve the treasure and make off with it across the border without alerting the Soviets.
Die weiße Spinne / The White Spider (1963) Harald Reinl, Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Horst Frank, Crime, Drama
Murder Most Foul (1964) George Pollock, Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Although the evidence appears to be overwhelming in the strangulation murder of a blackmailer, Miss Marple’s sole ‘not guilty’ vote hangs the jury 11-1. She becomes convinced that the real murderer is a member of a local theatrical troupe, so she joins them in order to gather information. The clues lead back many years to a single disastrously unsuccessful 1951 performance of a dreadful play written by the group’s hammy director, H. Driffold Cosgood. Although at that time, several of the current cast members were only children, more murders follow before Miss Marple ultimately exposes the killer.
Violette Nozière / Violette (1978) Claude Chabrol, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean Carmet, Crime, Drama, History
In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences.
Helter Skelter (1976) Tom Gries, George DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Naked Alibi (1954) Jerry Hopper, Sterling Hayden, Gloria Grahame, Gene Barry, Film-Noir, Crime, Drama
Questioned as a murder suspect, solid (but drunk) citizen Al Willis attacks his police questioners, is beaten, and swears vengeance against them. Next night, Lieut. Parks is murdered; Willis is the only suspect in the eyes of tough Chief Conroy, who pursues him doggedly despite lack of evidence. The obsessed Conroy is dismissed from the force, but continues to harass Willis, who flees to a sleazy town on the Mexican border. Of course, Conroy follows. But which is crazy, Conroy or Willis?