|The Big Combo 1955 N/R, 86 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Cast: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, Jean Wallace, Robert Middleton, Lee Van Cleef, Earl Holliman, Helen Walker, Jay Adler, John Hoyt, Brian O'Hara, Ted de Corsia, Helene Stanton, Roy Gordon, Steve Mitchell
This film was considered to be extremely vicious at the time of its initial release and is a good example of film noir. Police Lieutenant Diamond (Cornel Wilde) sets out to get crime boss Mr. Brown (Richard Conte), but he is told to drop the case because of associated extra costs and time. Diamond makes one last attempt to bring the boss to justice by soliciting the help of the boss's girlfriend Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace) whom Diamond also loves. Matters heat up, and, as in life, the distinction between good and bad is not always clear.
|The Brothers Karamazov 1958 N/R, 149 min.|
Director: Richard Brooks
Cast: Yul Brynner, Maria Schell, Claire Bloom, Lee J. Cobb, Richard Basehart, Albert Salmi, William Shatner, Simon Oakland, David Opatoshu, Frank DeKova, Judith Evelyn, Edgar Stehli, Harry Townes, Miko Oscard, Jay Adler
Based on Dostoyevsky's classic, this is a good film adaptation of the story of brothers (Yul Brynner, Richard Basehart, William Shatner, and Albert Salmi). Set in 19th-century Russia, the plot revolves around greed and hatred brought on by their bullying father, Fyodor (Lee J. Cobb).
|Crime of Passion 1957 N/R, 84 min.|
Director: Gerd Oswald
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray, Virginia Grey, Royal Dano, Robert Quarry, Stuart Whitman, Geraldine Wall, Malcolm Atterbury, Robert Griffin, Dennis Cross, Jay Adler
L.A. police detective Lt. Bill Doyle (Sterling Hayden) and San Francisco columnist Kathy (Barbara Stanwyck) meet, fall in love, and marry. Now, Kathy quits her job and moves to Los Angeles to be a homemaker. She develops a fixation on Bill's career and will stop at nothing to assure his professional success. When problems develop with Bill's boss Inspector Pope (Raymond Burr), Kathy gets a gun and kills Pope. Will Bill be the one who puts the clues together and solves the murder?
|Cry Danger 1951 N/R, 79 min.|
Director: Robert Parrish
Cast: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, William Conrad, Regis Toomey, Jean Porter, Jay Adler, Joan Banks, Renny McEvoy, Lou Lubin
Rocky (Dick Powell) gets out of prison after serving five years for a robbery he didn't commit. Now it's time to get those responsible. Pretty good first film for Director Parrish.
|The Family Jewels 1965 N/R, 98 min.|
Director: Jerry Lewis
Cast: Jerry Lewis, Sebastian Cabot, Donna Butterworth, Gene Baylos, Milton Frome, Herbie Faye, Anne Baxter, Ellen Corby, Robert Strauss, Neil Hamilton, John Lawrence, Jay Adler, Renie Riano, Marjorie Bennett, Jesslyn Fax
Nine-year-old orphan Donna Peyton (Donna Butterworth) must select from seven uncles (all played by Jerry Lewis) to determine who will be her guardian.
|Grave of the Vampire 1972 PG, 95 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
aka: Seed of Terror
Director: John Hayes
Cast: William Smith, Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters, Diane Holden, Jay Adler, Kitty Vallacher, Jay Scott, Eric Mason, Lieux Dressler, William Guhl, Carmen Argenziano, Margaret Fairchild, Abbi Henderson, Lindis Guinness, Frank Whiteman
Vampire Croft (Michael Pataki) rapes Leslie (Kitty Vallacher) so that he can have an offspring. The half-vampire offspring, James (William Smith), is bottle-fed on his mother's blood until she succumbs to anemia. James is not happy with his fate and decides to find and deal with his father.
|The Killing 1956 N/R, 83 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Ted de Corsia, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook Jr., Joe Sawyer, Timothy Carey, Jay Adler, James Edwards, Joe Turkel, Kola Kwariani, Tito Vuolo, Dorothy Adams
Recently released from prison, Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) has big plans for a $2 million racetrack heist. But, he has not reckoned with the actions of Sherry (Marie Windsor), the wife of Johnny's cohort George (Elisha Cook Jr.). When Sherry blabs, an unwary Johnny is really in far over his head, and his intricate plans spiral out of control. With this film, Stanley Kubrick gained credibility as an exceptional director.
|The Long Wait 1954 N/R, 94 min.|
Director: Victor Saville
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Gene Evans, Peggie Castle, Mary Ellen Kay, Dolores Donlon, Shirley Patterson, Barry Kelley, James Millican, Bruno VeSota, Jay Adler, John Damler, Frank Marlowe, Lawrence Dobkin, Edgar Dearing
Johnny McBride (Anthony Quinn) was badly hurt in a car crash two years ago and is suffering from amnesia when he learns that he is from the town of Lyncastle. Johnny returns home and finds that he is the suspect in a murder rap and that he is accused of stealing $250,000 from the bank he worked in. Johnny investigates and learns that his girlfriend Vera, who also worked at the bank, disappeared after the heist, got plastic surgery, and changed her name. She has returned to Lyncastle, but can Johnny identify her and, hopefully, clear his name?
|Macon County Line 1974 R, 89 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Richard Compton
Cast: Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Cheryl Waters, Max Baer Jr., Joan Blackman, Timothy Scott, James Gammon, Doodles Weaver, Geoffrey Lewis, Leif Garrett, Sam Gilman, Emile Meyer, Jay Adler, David Orange
Bobbie Gentry sings her theme song in this film based on the true story about a 1954 Georgia murder in which redneck Deputy Sheriff Reed Morgan (Max Baer Jr.) mistakenly believes that brothers Chris and Wayne Dixon (Alan Vint and Jesse Vint) raped and murdered his wife. After returning home to the murder scene, Morgan finds the brothers in his barn, claims they are the murderers, and seeks revenge. Too late, he discovers who the real murderers are. Sequel: "Return to Macon County."
|The Prisoner of Zenda 1952 N/R, 100 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Drama / Romance
Director: Richard Thorpe
Cast: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer, Lewis Stone, Robert Douglas, Robert Coote, James Mason, Peter Brocco, Francis Pierlot, Jay Adler, Kathleen Freeman, John Goldsworthy, Forbes Murray, Thomas Browne Henry
In this remake of the 1937 film, Stewart Granger stars in the Ronald Colman role of an Englishman, Rudolf Rassendyll, who vacations in Romania where it is discovered that he has a surprising resemblance to Romania's Prince Rudolph (also played by Granger). The Prince's brother Michael, Duke of Strelsau (Robert Douglas) plans to usurp the throne and drugs the Prince the night before his coronation. Because he looks so much like the Prince, Rudolf is asked to impersonate the Prince during the coronation and foil the plot of his evil brother. Once he catches on to the subterfuge, the brother imprisons the real Prince, and now Rudolf, while carrying out the ruse, begins to fall in love with the Prince's fiancee Princess Flavia (Deborah Kerr).
|Saddle the Wind 1958 N/R, 84 min.|
Director: Robert Parrish, John Sturges
Cast: Robert Taylor, Julie London, John Cassavetes, Donald Crisp, Charles McGraw, Royal Dano, Richard Erdman, Douglas Spencer, Ray Teal, Jay Adler, Stanley Adams, Irene Tedrow, Lars Henderson, Henry Wills, Kelo Henderson
Ex-gunslinger Steve Sinclair (Robert Taylor) is engaged to Joan (Julie London) and wants to live quietly as a farmer. Then, along comes his younger brother, Tony (John Cassavetes), who not only demonstrates intense sibling rivalry but also is proud of his abilities with a gun. His temper results in a killing, leading to further tragedy. Good acting and writing (by Rod Serling), along with a fine musical score by Elmer Bernstein, make this an enjoyable tale.
|1. The Big Combo (1955)|
2. The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
3. Crime of Passion (1957)
4. Cry Danger (1951)
5. The Family Jewels (1965)
6. Grave of the Vampire (1972)
aka: Seed of Terror
7. The Killing (1956)
8. The Long Wait (1954)
9. Macon County Line (1974)
10. The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
11. Saddle the Wind (1958)
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