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Appointment with Danger (1951) Director, Lewis Allen with Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Steward, Jan Sterling, Jack Webb, Stacy Harris, Harry Morgan, David Wolfe, Dan Riss, Geraldine Wall, and George J. Lewis. Great opening sequence of a body disposal in the pouring rain I was hooked from the get go. Also some nice railroad/railyard footage and industrial landscapes of Gary Indiana steel mills. Alan Ladd is Al Goddard, a USPS special investigator sent to Gary, Ind., to solve a postal detective's murder. A young nun Sister Augustine (Phyllis Calvert) is the sole witness. With her aid Ladd learns the identity of the men and uncovers the gang's plot to pull off a million-dollar mail heist. Jan Sterling plays gang leaders floozy jazz loving girlfriend Dodie La Verne. Jack Webb plays a loose cannon creep and Harry Morgan a slow witted goon. Very enjoyable 8/10. Down Three Dark Streets (1954) directed by Arnold Laven with Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer, Marisa Pavan, Max Showalter (Niagara), Kenneth Tobey, Gene Reynolds, and William Johnstone. Sort of a police procedural, quasi-documentary, stars Broderick Crawford as FBI Agent John Ripley.When fellow G-man Zack Stewart is murdered, Ripley takes over the trio of cases Stewart had been working on assuming one of them will reveal his killer. This one is also entertaining but its a bit fuzzy in logic with the motives of the actual murderer the connection of why he killed the FBI man and his girlfriend? or whatever she was is never connected. Martha Hyer is a cute mobsters girlfriend. It does have some great location shots of LA and the streetcar system and ends up with a great set piece at the base of the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign. Entertaining, but the lack of plot connection explained above drops this to a 7/10
Most from Spencer Selby's Dark City - The Film Noir A Abandoned (1949) Accused (The) (1949) Ace In The Hole (Big Carnival (The)) (1951) Act Of Violence (1948) A Double Life (1948) Alaska Seas (1954) All My Sons (1948) Amazing Mr. X (The) (The Spiritualist) (1948) Among the Living (1941) Angel Face (1953) Appointment With Danger (1951) Armored Car Robbery (1950) Asphalt Jungle (The) (1950) B Baby Face Nelson (1957) Bad Blonde (1953) Bad Day At Black Rock (1955) Beast of the City (1932) Beat Generation (The) (1959) Behind Locked Doors (1948) Berlin Express (1948) Between Midnight and Dawn (1950) Beware My Lovely (1952) Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) Beyond The Forest (1949) Big Clock (The) (1948) Big Combo (The) (1955) Big Heat (The) (1953) Big Knife (The) (1955) Big Night (The) (1951) Big Sleep (The) (1946) Big Steal (The) (1949) Black Angel (1946) Blast of Silence (1961) Blonde Alibi (1946) Blonde Ice (1948) Blue Dahlia (The) (1946) Blue Gardenia (The) (1953) Blues in the Night (1941) Body And Soul (1947) Boomerang (1947) Border Incident (1949) Born To Kill (1947) Brasher Doubloon (1947) Breaking Point (The) (1950) Bribe (The) (1949) Brothers Rico (The) (1955) Brute Force (1947) Burglar (The) (1957) C Caged (1950) Calcutta (1947) Call Northside 777 (1948) Canon City (1948) Captive City (The) (1952) Capture (The) (1950) Case Against Brooklyn (1958) (The) Caught (1949) Cause For Alarm (1951) Champion (1949) Chase (The) (1946) Chicago Deadline (1949) Chicago Syndicate (1955) Christmas Holiday (1944) City Of Fear (1959) City That Never Sleeps (The) (1953) Clash By Night (1952) Clay Pigeon (The)(1949) Conflict (1945) Convicted (1950) Cornered (1945) Cover Up (1949) Crack Up (1945) Crashout (1955) Crime Against Joe (1956) Crime in the Streets (1956) Crime Of Passion (1957) Crime Wave (1954) Crimson Kimono (The) (1959) Criss Cross (1949) Crooked Way (The) (1949) Crooked Web (The) (1955) Crossfire (1947) Cry Danger (1951) Cry Of The City (1948) Cry Vengeance (1954)