Dark City (1951)

US Olive Films - Paramount DVD edition

Charlton Heston ? This may be his film debut and he's perfectly OK in the role even though i often found him to be a wooden actor.
However, he managed to take part in some really cool movies as Touch of Evil, where he helped genius director Orson Welles to yet
again make a film with a decent budget, and in a big spectacle as The Ten Commandments or sci-fi adventure classic Planet of the Apes.
In this film we also get to see the genre icon Lizabeth Scott and our own swedish film export, the beautiful Viveca Lindfors.

Depressed ex-military Dan Haley (Heston) moves in shady the elements of society and runs a Bookmaker business along with 2 small
time gangsters, Barney (Ed Begley) and Augie (Jack Webb) and with some help also from Soldier (Henry Morgan). Their "establishment"
is raided by the police and Dan and his buddies are suddenly broke and in a bad need of money.
Then, Arthur (Don Defore) turns up, a businessman from Los Angeles with his pockets full of cash. Dan met Arthur in a nightclub where
Dan's girlfriend Fran (Lizabeth Scott) can be heard singing with her husky voice (is that Lizabeth singing for real, yes it is). Dan takes
naive Arthur to a rigged poker game with Barney and Augie, and they skin him for everything he's got , and then some more.

Lizabeth Scott (1922-2014) from another great Film Noir as an iconic femme fatale

OK, so now Dan and his friends have some money, but poor Arthur does not and takes his life, hangs himself. What our unlikeable
"heroes" don't know is that Arthur has a psychopathic brother who's looking for them, to revenge his brother's death.

Heston is good and so are Begley and Webb as his brothers in crime. Scott is OK as Dan's girlfriend. Dean Jagger as crime inspector
Garvey is bad, and Viveca Lindfors as Artur's wife is not that good either. At this time of her actress career she acted in Hollywood B
movies and she was so-so regarding her acting abilities, but she was definitely HOT!
She had a heavy swedish accent she never got rid off in her early Hollywood films (she arrived to Hollywood in 1946) BUT Viveca
did get to be a respected stage actress and when older also a very fine actress.

The film was presented in 4: fullscreen original ratio, black & white, english mono audio and with no extras


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