Kino Video Film Noir Collection - 5 disc DVD

1. Hangmen Also Die! (1943) Direction: Fritz Lang 2. Behind Locked Doors (1948) Direction: Oscar Boetticher 3. The Long Night (1947)

Direction: Anatole Litvak 4. Sudden Fear (1952) Direction: David Miller and 5. Railroaded (1947) Direction: Anthony Mann

US Kino Video 5 disc DVD edition



1. Hangmen Also Die! (1943) Direction: Fritz Lang

A decent WW2 anti-Nazi propaganda crime thriller from the Maestro Fritz Lang, but i don't classify this as a Film Noir.
The film is about the Czechian people's resistance against Nazi Germany during the ockupation and it takes place in Prague.
Reinhard Heydrich rules the country with an Iron Fist and in the intro we get to see a man being chased by policemen and
soldiers and he manages to escape due to a woman, Mascha Novotny (Anna Lee) giving the hunters false information
about the direction the man was running. The man is part of the resistance, his name is Dr. Franticek Svoboda (Brian Donleavy)
and he has just assassinated Reinhard Heydrich. The Germans is angry and starts to execute a lot of innocent Czechs.

OK, i have to admit that war propaganda movies bores me, they're so .... idiotic. War is stupid and the many, many movies
about them is mostly stupid and boring too, but hey, i hate fantasy movies too and all the nerds seems to like them, so ....
All of the Hollywood directors had to make some childish propaganda movies i guess and Fritz Lang show some skill i guess.
Some of the small part actors, as resistance fighters, spews a lot of elevated anti-Nazi propaganda, and YES i know that the
Nazis were the Bad Guys but still, it's propaganda which do NOT make for good filmmaking.

Instead, the best roles in the film belongs to the Bad Guys, as the Czech brewery tycoon and quisling Emil Czaka played by
Gene Lockheart, and as the true star of the film - Alexander Granach as the Czech Gestapo crime-inspector Alois Gruber,
a drunkard but a smart sniff-dog and he emotes power, arrogance and intelligence. An actor that acted in silents as Nosferato
and in Pabst movies as in Ernst Lubitsch Ninotchka. He had to flee from Hitler and died in 1945 only 51 years old.

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

2. Behind Locked Doors (1948) Direction: Oscar Boetticher

This is a genuine B movie, made by a Powerty Row Studio and who cleverly hides it's zero budget and actually manages to
be an entertaining crime thriller.

A sight to behold, the Z grade Turkey Film actor Tor Johnson, famous for his role in Plan 9 From Outer Space by Ed Wood, Jr.
some 10 years later can be seen here in an uncredited role as an anonymous mental patient, OK well, he's called Champ
actually and he can be seen on the sleeve and possibly a poster in it's time?
Tor was an american-swedish wrestler, i think (i'm too lazy to look it up on Wiki) and he's pretty "effective" here in a role without
any lines, portraying a dangerous mental case and ex-boxer. Effective ? Yes, he surely couldn't act in the normal sense but his
impressive physical presence instills respect and his heavyweight boxing moves looks pretty authentic, even though wrestling
grips were his specialty as can be seen towards the end.

Private detective Ross Stewart (Richard Carlson) has been hired by journalist (Lucille Bremer) to infiltrate a private mental clinic
and to sleuth around after the wanted criminal Judge. There's a big reward for his capture and their plan is to split the reward if
and when Judge is caught, and Ross manages to fake a mano-depression and to be accepted as a patient.
Will he find any clues about the whereabouts of Judge, and will he survive a meeting with Champ?

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

3. The Long Night (1947) Direction: Anatole Litvak - Read my text about this great crime melodrama on my
Film Noir page, and i thought this one to be so good as to sneak into my Top Ten Film Noir page

4. Sudden Fear (1952) Direction: David Miller - Read more about this film on my Film Noir page

5. Railroaded (1947) Direction: Anthony Mann - Read more about this film on my Film Noir page

 

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