Carl Martin is a morose and deranged Los Angeles gardener, who,in retribution for the infidelity of his unfaithful wife, sets about to kill as many blonde’s as he can. From the time the film opens, to the sound of a radio turned up full-blast over the still-warm corpse of a blonde, the audience knows the identity of the killer. The film depicts, with documentary realism as it was shot on location in and around Los Angeles, how the police, using laboratory techniques against the few clues they have, track down Martin. Their key clue is a spring from a pair of garden shears. The police move in just as Martin is about to add Jane Saunders, the daughter of a greenhouse owner, to his long list of victims.
The Case Against Brooklyn (1958) Paul Wendkos, Darren McGavin, Margaret Hayes, Warren Stevens, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When a reporter claims that New York police are on the take letting the mob run its horse parlors at will, a shocked District Attorney Michael Norris decide to do something about it. Not knowing who can be trusted on the force, he turns to recent police academy graduates to go undercover and find the corrupt cops. Among them is Pete Harris, a 10 year Marine Corps veteran. His focus is on Lil Polumbo, recently widowed after her husband Gus’ truck ran off the road. Rumor has it that Gus was heavily in debt to the mob and killed himself so his wife could collect on his insurance. When the mob learns that Harris is a cop, they try to kill him but it doesn’t go as planned and kills someone close to him instead. Pete decides to get the killers at any cost.
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) Earl McEvoy, Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Sheila Bennett returns to New York from Cuba, carrying $40,000 worth of smuggled diamonds…and smallpox, which could start a devastating epidemic in the unprotected city. Treasury agent Johnson loses her but keeps doggedly on the trail; while Public Health doctor Wood searches in vain for the unknown person spreading the deadly disease far and wide. Meanwhile, the increasingly ill Sheila is only concerned with her faithless husband Matt, who plans to abscond with the diamonds…
Beyond the Forest (1949) King Vidor, Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband’s patients to pay their bills so she can visit Chicago; her husband’s patience is also tried: he tells her to go and never come back. Once there, Neil tells her he doesn’t want her. Back home and pregnant, Neil shows up and now wants her. The caretaker at Neil’s lodge threatens to reveal her pregnancy…
The Window (1949) Ted Tetzlaff, Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
At the age of 9, Tommy Woodry has a reputation for telling tall tales — the latest one being that his family is moving from Manhattan to a ranch out west. When the landlord interrupts the Woodrys at dinner to show their about to be vacated apartment, the Woodrys tell Tommy enough is enough. Then that hot summer night Tommy decides to sleep on the fire escape — outside the Kellerson’s apartment, since it is a story higher and gets more breeze. Tommy sees the Kellersons kill a man. Tommy’s parents and the police won’t believe his story. But the Kellersons want to silence him.
Race Street (1948) Edwin L. Marin, George Raft, William Bendix, Marilyn Maxwell, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Nice-guy bookie Dan Gannin plans to quit the racket; he’s opening a new night club with his torch-singing sister as main attraction. But Dan’s best friend Hal runs afoul of “protection” crooks, and Dan goes after them like a one-man police force despite the admonishments of Lt. Barney Runson. But there’s one thing Dan didn’t bargain on…
The Amazing Mr. X (1948) Bernard Vorhaus, Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell, Film-Noir, Thriller
On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf…then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things. After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and younger sister Janet become enmeshed in the eerie artifices of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper deviltry than he had in mind…
The Blue Dahlia (1946) George Marshall, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When Johnny comes home from the navy he finds his wife Helen kissing her substitute boyfriend Eddie, the owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub. Helen admits her drunkenness caused their son’s death. He pulls a gun on her but decides she’s not worth it. Later, Helen is found dead and Johnny is the prime suspect.
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) Boris Ingster, Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Rising reporter Michael Ward is a key witness in the murder trial of young Joe Briggs, who is convicted on circumstantial evidence while swearing innocence. Mike’s girl Jane believes in Joe and blames Mike, who (in a remarkable sequence) dreams he is himself convicted of murdering his nosy neighbor. Will his dream come true before Jane can find the real murderer?