An expose of the bribery of parole board officials by the underworld to obtain the illegal release of hardened gangsters from prison. The government sends FBI agent Richard Hendricks, at the request of the state governor, to investigate.
If you wanted a really good example of a film noir from 1948, the Scar is for you. It was also known as Hollow Triumph. The main character is a guy named John Mueller and he’s assuming a new identity to avoid getting whacked by a mobster he robbed. But as they say, Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes. Of course, that is usually the plot motivation of a noir. This one sports really good production values, a decent plot and Joan Bennett.
A cop gets killed when he runs into some gangster Marty Clark heisting a warehouse. This is a film noir, gumshoe gangster movie of the cheapest variety and it kind of rambles a bit. It’s still a fair movie and a pretty good example of the film noir genre.
Edward G. Robinson pursues a nazi war criminal named Franz Kindler. He thinks it’s the kindly college professor played by Orson Welles. Only a dead man can link him to the crimes… or is it his own obsessions that will finally be his undoing. If you haven’t caught this film, this is a keeper in the realm of public domain films.
A piano player, Al (Neal), sets off hitchhiking his way to California to be with his girl. Along the way, a stranger in a convertible gives him a ride. While driving, Al stops to put the top up during a rainstorm. He discovers that the owner of the car has died in his sleep…
Lawrence Tierney (“Reservoir Dogs”) plays an unreformed, hardened criminal who has just been released from prison. While working at his brother’s gas station, he becomes very interested in the armored car that makes regular stops at the bank across the street.