Tag Archives: 1950s

Fangs of the Arctic (1953) Rex Bailey, Kirby Grant, Chinook, Lorna Hanson, Adventure

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Canadian Mounties Corporal Rod Webb and Constable Mike Kelly, along with Rod’s dog Chinook, are sent to the Blackfoot Crossing country to find the killer of trapper Antonie Dubois, and also to investigate reports of illegal deals in beaver pelts. Mike, a rookie, is delighted with the assignment as it takes him to his home country where he again sees Sandra Dubois, his childhood sweetheart.

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Northern Patrol (1953) Rex Bailey, Kirby Grant, Chinook, Marian Carr, Western

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This entry in the series featuring RCMP Rod Webb and his wonder dog, Chinook, has a larger cast than usual, popping in and out of about four different plot lines, which leads Chinook with less to do than usual, which makes it a better than usual entry. Corporal Webb (Kirby Grant) finds a man who seems to have hung himself after writing a suicide note. Webb notes this happened while the suicider was in the midst of cooking himself a meal, and concludes that all is not right in this part of Canada. Chinook agrees with him. Marion Carr, Claudia Drake and Gloria Talbott are on hand as (mighty nice) visual distractions.

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Cry Danger (1951) Robert Parrish, Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Rocky Mulloy, back in town after serving 5 years of a life sentence for armed robbery, hopes to clear his friend Danny Morgan who’s still in prison for the same crime. It won’t be easy. Even the witness who cleared Rocky thinks he’s guilty; Danny’s glamorous wife Nancy, living in a sleazy trailer court, seems lukewarm about getting Danny back; cynical cop Gus Cobb just wants to stir things up in hopes that the missing “hot” $100,000 will surface. Plenty of tough talk, night scenes, deceptive dames and double crosses in this typical film noir.

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Les Miserables (1952) Lewis Milestone, Michael Rennie, Robert Newton, Debra Paget, Drama, History, Romance

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After stealing a loaf a bread to feed a starving family, Jean Valjean is sentenced to ten years at hard labor as a galley slave. There he is taught to read and write by another prisoner and meets Javert, an obsessive policeman who was himself born to convict parents aboard a prison ship. After his release, Valjean is treated as a pariah but finally finds shelter in the home of a kindly bishop. Valjean repays the clergyman’s generosity by stealing his silver plate. He is apprehended by the authorities and returned to the bishop but is amazed when the kindly old priest tells them that the valuable plates were a gift. This becomes a transforming experience for the ex-convict, who establishes himself under an assumed name in a small country village as factory manager and ultimately mayor. Unfortunately the newly-promoted Javert is assigned there as chief inspector. Although he doesn’t recognize his old nemesis at first, the two clash over Javert’s overzealous prosecution of the letter of …

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