Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema I [He Ran All the Way / Witness to Murder / Big House, U.S.A./ A Bullet for Joey / Storm Fear]
Directed by Lewis Allen, John Berry, Howard W. Koch, Roy Rowland, Cornel Wilde
This collection features five film Noir classics. BIG HOUSE, U.S.A. (1955) – Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, Charles Bronson, Lon Chaney Jr. and William Talman star in this tough and realistic crime drama about a gang of ruthless convicts who execute a successful prison break to secure a $200,000 loot hidden in Colorado’s Royal Gorge National Park. Directed by Howard W. Koch (Shield for Murder). A BULLET FOR JOEY (1955) –When a Canadian police inspector (Edward G. Robinson) investigates a murder, he is hurtled into an adventure involving foreign spies, American gangsters and an explosive high-tech secret that could change the world. Co-starring George Raft, Audrey Totter and Peter van Eyck with top-notch direction by Lewis Allen (So Evil My Love). HE RAN ALL THE WAY (1951) – John Garfield plays a dim-witted thug who survives a shootout with the police after a payroll robbery. Seeking cover, he meets Peggy a lonely young girl (Shelley Winters) who takes him to her family’s apartment, while there the paranoid thief decides to takes the family hostage until he can escape. Directed by John Berry (Tension). STORM FEAR (1955) – Cornel Wilde plays a wounded bank robber, on the run from the law, he and his gang decide hide out at his brother (Dan Duryea) and sister-in-law’s (Jean Wallace) farmhouse during a snowstorm. Co-starring Lee Grant, Dennis Weaver and Steven Hill, with stupendous direction by Cornel Wilde (Beach Red). WITNESS TO MURDER (1954) – Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck, plays a woman whose sanity comes into question as she fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder from her apartment window. Co-starring George Sanders, Gary Merrill and Jesse White, with wonderful direction by Roy Rowland (Rogue Cop).