|Act of Violence 1948 N/R, 82 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor, Phyllis Thaxter, Berry Kroeger, Taylor Holmes, Will Wright, Connie Gilchrist, Harry Antrim, Don Haggerty, Mary Jo Ellis, Rex Downing, Sayre Dearing, John Albright
After returning home at war's end, disabled ex-soldier Joe Parkson (Robert Ryan) tracks down prison-camp informer Frank R. Enley (Van Heflin), Joe's former commanding officer, to avenge the death of his buddies. Frank learns that Joe is looking for him, and he tells his wife Edith (Janet Leigh) that Joe is mentally ill and then leaves for Los Angeles for a convention. Joe contacts Edith and tells her that Frank is responsible for many deaths, and she follows Frank to Los Angeles to warn him–with Joe close on her heels.
|Gangster Story 1960 N/R, 65 min.|
Director: Walter Matthau
Cast: Walter Matthau, Carol Grace, Bruce McFarlane, Garry Walberg, Raikin Ben-Ari, David Leonard, John Albright, Clegg Hoyt, Vic Tayback, Leonard Bremen
This film marks Walter Matthau's directorial debut, and he takes the leading role as gangster Jack Martin who is hiding out from the police in a town in Southern California. When he needs funds, Martin robs small-town banks. Martin's reform-minded girlfriend Carol Logan (Carol Grace) tries to get him to change his ways, but he pays no heed. After he manages to rob the United States National Bank, he has both the local police and the FBI on his trail–along with local crime boss Earl Dawson (Bruce McFarlane) who is upset that Martin would carry off the heist in his territory without first making a deal with him.
|1. Act of Violence (1948)|
2. Gangster Story (1960)
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