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Columbia crime films from the 1950s


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I've been watching some crime films made by Columbia. The studio has an interesting style, particularly in this genre. Not all of them are standard noir but all of them are engaging even if the budgets are not huge and the plots are somewhat recycled.

I have been going through each year of the studio's output to make sure I am familiar with each title and after compiling this list, I will be checking to see which ones are on YouTube or can be streamed somewhere else.

Feel free to chime in if a title  jumps out at you.

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1950

MARY RYAN DETECTIVE (1950)
CARGO TO CAPETOWN (1950)
CUSTOMS AGENT (1950)
STATE PENITENTIARY (1950)
711 OCEAN DRIVE (1950)
DAVID HARDING COUNTERSPY (1950)
CONVICTED (1950)...highly recommended
IN A LONELY PLACE (1950)
BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN (1950)
CHAIN GANG (1950)
THE TOUGHER THEY COME (1950)
COUNTERSPY MEETS SCOTLAND YARD (1950)
REVENUE AGENT (1950)
THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK (1950)

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1951

MY TRUE STORY (1951)
M (1951)
CHINA CORSAIR (1951)
FLAME OF STAMBOUL (1951)
NEVER TRUST A GAMBLER (1951)
PICKUP (1951)
CRIMINAL LAWYER (1951)
TWO OF A KIND (1951)
THE MOB (1951)
SIROCCO (1951)
THE FAMILY SECRET (1951)

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1952

BOOTS MALONE (1952)
SCANDAL SHEET (1952)...highly recommended
MY SIX CONVICTS (1952)
THE SNIPER (1952)...TopBilled's pick, highly recommended
WALK EAST ON BEACON! (1952)...highly recommended
PAULA (1952)
AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD (1952)
ASSIGNMENT — PARIS! (1952)
STRANGE FASCINATION (1952)
LAST TRAIN FROM BOMBAY (1952)
INVASION U.S.A. (1952)

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1953

THE GLASS WALL (1953)
TARGET HONG KONG (1953)
ONE GIRL’S CONFESSION (1953)
MAN IN THE DARK (1953)
PROBLEM GIRLS (1953)
THE BIG HEAT (1953)
BAD FOR EACH OTHER (1953)

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1954

BAIT (1954)
DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD (1954)
THE MIAMI STORY (1954)
ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)...TopBilled's pick, highly recommended
HELL BELOW ZERO (1954)
HUMAN DESIRE (1954)
PUSHOVER (1954)...highly recommended
A BULLET IS WAITING (1954)

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1955

WOMEN’S PRISON (1955)
TIGHT SPOT (1955)
NEW ORLEANS UNCENSORED (1955)
CELL 2455 DEATH ROW (1955)
5 AGAINST THE HOUSE (1955)
THE NIGHT HOLDS TERROR (1955)
CHICAGO SYNDICATE (1955)
FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOG (1955)
A PRIZE OF GOLD (1955)
QUEEN BEE (1955)
THE CROOKED WEB (1955)
TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE (1955)

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1956

INSIDE DETROIT (1956)
THE HOUSTON STORY (1956)
JOE MACBETH (1956)
THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956)
OVER-EXPOSED (1956)
STORM CENTER (1956)
AUTUMN LEAVES (1956)
PORT AFRIQUE (1956)
MIAMI EXPOSE (1956)
SPIN A DARK WEB (1956)
NIGHTFALL (1956)
RUMBLE ON THE DOCKS (1956)
THE LAST MAN TO HANG? (1956)
WICKED AS THEY COME (1956)

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1957

THE SHADOW ON THE WINDOW (1957)
THE STRANGE ONE (1957)
THE GARMENT JUNGLE (1957)
THE BURGLAR (1957)
THE YOUNG DON’T CRY (1957)
TOWN ON TRIAL (1957)
PICKUP ALLEY (1957)
NO TIME TO BE YOUNG (1957)
THE BROTHERS RICO (1957)
THE TIJUANA STORY (1957)
HOW TO MURDER A RICH UNCLE (1957)
ESCAPE FROM SAN QUENTIN (1957)
THE LONG HAUL (1957)
SHE PLAYED WITH FIRE (1957)

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1958

THE WORLD WAS HIS JURY (1958)
THE TRUE STORY OF LYNN STUART (1958)
THE LINEUP (1958)
GIDEON OF SCOTLAND YARD (1958)
SCREAMING MIMI (1958)
THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN (1958)
THE SNORKEL (1958)
THE WHOLE TRUTH (1958)
KILL HER GENTLY (1958)
THE MAN INSIDE (1958)
MURDER BY CONTRACT (1958)

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