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Big Combo, The (1955)

This violent, dark film tells of tormented Police Lt. Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde), who is on a personal crusade to bring down sadistic gangster Mr. Brown (Richard Conte). He’s also dangerously obsessed with Brown’s girlfriend (Jean Wallace), his captive lover.

Why is Detective Diamond so involved with Brown’s girlfriend? Well… she’s pretty Jean Wallace.. but I think that’s about all she’s got going for her. Let’s face it. She’s a gun moll and kind of a ditz. Not to pick a pretty good film noir apart too much. It is the genre.

It sort of reminds me of what Dr. Laura said “If you help a damsel in distress, you end up with a distressed damsel”

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Killer Flu (2009)

In 1918, a flu pandemic ripped through the global population with such speed and virulence that by the end of the following year an estimated 40 million people would be dead — four times the number of victims eventually claimed by the First World War. The flu’s impact was simultaneously felt in nearly every corner of the earth, from the battlefields of Europe and Northern Africa to remote Inuit villages in Alaska and the grasslands of New Zealand.

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Jet Pilot (1957)

Another infamous flop from the creative team of producer Howard Hughes and actor John Wayne, who had also teamed on THE CONQUEROR (also available on Google Video). This film actually went into production in 1949, but wasnt finished and ready for an official release until 1957 (the year after the release of the Genghis Khan film). Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Co-starring Janet Leigh. Great fun for bad movie buffs!