Crime

The Outcast (1934) Norman Lee, Leslie Fuller, Mary Glynne, Hal Gordon, Comedy, Crime, Romance

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When the box-office manager takes off with all the money belonging to a traveling theatre-troupe, the show’s promoters and leading performers, Bill Potter and Jim Truman, have to sell off of the show’s assets to a theatre in Newcastle in order to pay the actors. They have enough money left over to open up a bookie’s stall in London taking bets on greyhound-racing. The local bookies send a stooge around to give them some false inside-information and they can’t cover the losses they garner using the incorrect-odds, and have to sell everything they own. All that is left is a greyhound puppy which Bill determines he will train for racing and make a fortune. And then bad things really begin happening to Bill including having to escape prison, on a trumped-up charge, as part of the rubbish carried off in the garbage lorry.

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The Quiet Woman (1951) John Gilling, Derek Bond, Jane Hylton, Dora Bryan, Crime, Drama

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In this drama, the manager of “The Quiet Woman,” a coastal inn, finds herself falling in love with a smuggler. When her husband breaks out of prison, he goes to her and tries to convince her to help him escape. The smuggler then offers to help them leave via the sea, but unfortunately the two are captured and fatally shot by patrolling customs officials. The photography in this film is especially notable.

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Married to the Mob (1988) Jonathan Demme, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar, Comedy, Crime, Romance

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Angela deMarco is unhappily married to high Mafia member Frank deMarco. When Frank is killed, Angela takes the opportunity to break free of the Mafia world entirely and start a new life. But Frank’s boss, Tony Russo, begins to court the unresponsive Angela. The FBI begins surveillance on her, thinking her to be his new mistress. FBI agent Mike Downey goes undercover as Angela’s neighbor, but soon finds himself attracted to Angela himself.

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We’re no Angels / La Cuisine des Anges (1955) Michael Curtiz, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Comedy, Crime, Romance

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The action takes place on Devil’s Island, the tropical backwater where the notorious French prison was located. Three convicts, played by Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov, have escaped, and wait only for a ship to leave the next day. In the meantime, they become involved in the financial woes of an island shopkeeper (Leo G. Carroll) and his wife (Joan Bennett) and daughter, whose business is in danger from a rich, nasty relative (Basil Rathbone).

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10 Rillington Place (1971) Richard Fleischer, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Biography, Crime, Drama

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A seemingly model citizen living in mid-century London, John Christie (Richard Attenborough) is actually a killer. Masquerading as a doctor, he convinces guileless women that he can cure whatever might ail them, and when they follow him to his home, he chokes them to death and buries them in a makeshift graveyard. Based on a series of real-life killings, the story follows John as he cons a pregnant bride (Judy Geeson) and wonders if he might have found a scapegoat in her husband (John Hurt).

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Mad City (1997) Costa-Gavras, John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Alda, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Investigative TV journalist Max Brackett (Dustin Hoffman) suffers setbacks and winds up filing routine reports from Madeline, California. Max and his eager intern Laurie (Mia Kirshner) are doing a story at the local Museum of Natural History when a bigger story erupts. The Museum’s director, Mrs. Banks (Blythe Danner), refuses to talk to former museum security guard Sam Baily (John Travolta) about his firing due to budget cuts. Angered, Sam shoots a shotgun, accidentally hitting another security guard…

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