Extortionist Jake Farley is found strangled, and the clues lead directly to former detective Joe Paris, who insists on his innocence but can’t provide an alibi. Public defendant Jenny Hudson gets the case, but has problems unravelling the case, complicated by the fact that virtually everyone hated Farley, and Paris has a few enemies as well. She rejects the prosecution’s offers to plea bargain, but meanwhile the witnesses she finds are discredited or silenced, and an unidentified patrol car shadows Paris and Hudson wherever they go.
A tough assignment, but someone has to do it. A beautiful TV news reporter takes her film crew undercover (so to speak) and gets the lusty low-down on peoples sexual fantasies for the evening news. From A-Z, the variety of human erotic stimulation is an eye opening mind blowing experience. No sexual act goes undone. The news at eleven was never like this.
Von Ryan’s Express (1965) Mark Robson, Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Action, Adventure, War
Ryan, an American POW, leads his fellow prisoners on a dangerous escape from the Germans in Italy. Having seemingly made errors of judgement, Ryan has to win the support of the mainly British soldiers he is commanding.
Based on a real story, Sofía Olivari is a small town elementary school teacher who has been rejected twice by adoption agencies. While she and her husband are applying a third time, she reads in a newspaper that a newborn baby has been found in a dumpster. She feels that the baby deserves a burial, but because the baby has no legal identity, she goes to a judge. He insists that there’s nothing to be done, but she’ll keep on fighting for baby Aurora (“She deserves a name too”).
With the odds against him, underdog supreme, ultra-local here Donnie Dumphy enters a mini-bike competition to win back his girl and totally shag-up a bunch of bad guys. On the eve of the biggest dirt bike competition of the year, working class hero and utterly ‘unique human’ Donnie Dumphy cashes his welfare cheque, tours the sketchiest regions of town, loses the love of his life Brenda, has tea with his Nan, eats fish n’ chips, almost drowns, performs his trademark gibberish rap at the biggest party in town and sleeps with his social worker. ‘How To Be Deadly’ is a hero’s journey with a Newfoundland twist, because on the east coast, you’re only as good as your last story.
Lucille makes her confession to the priest. It is the story of a mother driven mad by the loss of her child. And of an encounter with a man who claimed to be an angel seeking redemption for the death of a child under his protection. He had no name. The night he first appeared, sixteen years ago, the child was killed. Now he carries wounds on his back that resemble the stumps of severed wings. And he has a mission. Was he real? Or the product of her tortured mind. Was he Godsent? Or was he Godforsaken?
Escape in the Desert is a thinly disguised remake of The Petrified Forest (1936), updated with a WW II angle. Cynical Dutch pilot Philip Artveld (Philip Dorn) pays a visit to the American desert before being shipped off to the Front. He wanders into a lonely inn, where he befriends starry-eyed watiress Jane (Jean Sullivan).
Poszukiwany – poszukiwana / Man – Woman Wanted (1973) Stanislaw Bareja, Wojciech Pokora, Jolanta Bohdal, Mieczyslaw Czechowicz, Comedy
Stanislaw works in an art museum in Warsaw; it’s not a very well-paid job, and his boss is a bit of a martinet. When a painting is found to be missing from the store room, the boss accuses Stanislaw and gives him 24 hours to return it, or go to jail. Well, Stanislaw is innocent, so he can’t return it, and he decides to borrow some of his wife’s clothes and her wig, and go into hiding as a woman, Maria. He gets a job as housemaid, although his practical home skills are pretty well non-existent, but a succession of amorous husbands, difficult children, and eccentric bosses drives him from one job to the next. Meanwhile his efforts to keep in touch with his wife lead to her becoming suspicious of his involvement with another girl he is talking to, and then when he kisses his wife amourously, the girl is scandalised to see what appear to be two women kissing.