“Strange Victory” is about racial bias in post World War II America. Read More »
Tag Archives: Gary Merrill
WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. Read More »
Awaking one morning out of a drunken stupor, composer Richard Morton can’t shake the feeling he has murdered a woman during the night. Read More »
World War II drama in which Richard Widmark, as Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence, replaces the popular commanding officer of a group of underwater demolition divers. Read More »
The Human Jungle (1954) Joseph M. Newman, Gary Merrill, Jan Sterling, Regis Toomey, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Danforth is assigned to take over the police department in a section of a large city saddled with juvenile delinquency, petty crimes, graft and also a recent unsolved murder of a strip-tease dancer. Read More »
The first female doctor in New York City comes up against prejudice from male counterparts who feel threatened by her skills. Read More »
A Blueprint For Murder (1953) Andrew L. Stone, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Two orphans, Polly and Doug, live with their stepmother Lynne; Polly collapses with the same mystery symptoms that killed her father. Read More »
In this story of the early days of daylight bombing raids over Nazi Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a “hard luck” bomber group. Read More »
The Black Dakotas (1954) Ray Nazarro, Gary Merrill, Wanda Hendrix, John Bromfield, Action, War, Western
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln sends an emissary with a peace treaty to the Sioux Indians. Read More »
Witness to Murder (1954) Roy Rowland, Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill, Drama, Film-Noir, Crime
Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) witnesses a murder in the apartment opposite her bedroom window. The police come, but discover only a respectable author, Dr. Richter (George Sanders).
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The Savage Eye (1960) Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Barbara Baxley, Gary Merrill, Herschel Bernardi, Drama
This drama takes the form of a story told using documentary material as an intrinsic part of the narrative. In this journey through the dark side of 1950s urban life, the camera follows Judith – a newly divorced woman looking for a fresh start – through the streets of Los Angeles as she encounters the strange denizens of the city, ranging from trendsetters to religious fanatics. All the tawdry and desperate faces of this world become a mirror for Judith’s personal failures and struggles to claim her new life.
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Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950) Otto Preminger, Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon always wanted to be something his old man wasn’t: a guy on the right side of the law. But for a good guy, he’s awfully vicious. After several complaints over his roughing people up, his boss, Insp. Nicholas Foley, demotes him. Foley tells him he’s a good man, but needs to get his head on straight and be more like Det. Lt. Thomas, who has just gotten a promotion. Meanwhile, Tommy Scalise has an illegal dice game going and is looking to make a sucker out of the rich Ted Morrison, who was brought in by Ken Paine and his beautiful wife Morgan. She figures out too late her husband is using her as a decoy. Paine strikes her when she refuses to play along. The chivalrous Morrison intervenes but Paine knocks him out cold. That seems to be the worst of it, but later it turns out the guy is dead; and Paine looks guilty. Soon Dixon has fallen in love with Morgan – but not before losing his temper again and committing a terrible deed that he tries to cover up. Morgan’s father, a tale-spinning taxi driver, may take the rap for it. It’s up to Dixon to try to pin the blame on Scalise.
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The Wonderful Country (1959) Robert Parrish, Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill, Romance, Western
Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father’s murderer, Martin Brady travels to Texas to broker an arms deal for his Mexican boss, strongman Governor Cipriano Castro. Brady breaks a leg and while recuperating in Texas the gun shipment is stolen. Complicating matters further the wife of local army major Colton has designs on him, and the local Texas Ranger captain makes him a generous offer to come back to the states and join his outfit. After killing a man in self defense, Brady slips back over the border and confronts Castro who is not only unhappy that Brady has lost his gun shipment but is about to join forces with Colton to battle the local raiding Apache Indians.
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Mystery writer Janet Frobisher lives alone in a dark English country house, when she’s not philandering with her secretary’s fiancée. At an extremely awkward moment, she has an unwelcome visitor: George Bates, who claims to be the partner in crime of Janet’s estranged husband. George insinuates himself into Janet’s home and life despite her efforts to get rid of him; the tangled relationships develop into a macabre, murderous cat-and-mouse game.
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