VCI Entertainment has tabbed Mar. 4 as the street date for a quartet of classic thrillers from the 1950s.
In chronological order we begin with the 1952 George Raft crime drama, Loan Shark, which co-stars Dorothy Hart and veteran character actor Paul Stewart.
Here, tough-guy Raft plays an ex-boxer fresh from prison after a three-year jolt for using his fists — dangerous weapons — to nearly beat a man to death. He infiltrates a loan shark operation to expose the crime lord running the operation … a bit of a change of pace for him.
Filmed in 1951, but not making its way to the domestic market until 1953, is another George Raft film, I’ll Get You, which was originally titled Escape Route. Shot on location in London, Raft plays Steve Rossi, an FBI agent who is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a number of nuclear scientists … he is teamed with Brit agent Joan Miller (Sally Gray — her last film before retiring from the screen).
Next on the agenda is director Terence Fisher’s 1954 noirish murder mystery, Blackout, starring Dane Clark as an American drifter in London who gets hustled by Belinda Lee into being the foil in murder plot, but finds Eleanor Summerfield coming to his rescue.
Rounding-out this foursome is the 1957 plucked-from-the-headlines organized crime thriller, Portland Exposé, directed by Harold Schuster (Mr Friend Flicka, Dragoon Wells Massacre, etc.) and starring Edward Binns as a local bar owner who gets caught in the middle of a turf war between rival mobs.
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