Bowery at Midnight (1942) is a horror film starring Bela Lugosi. Lugosi plays a psychology professor by day who, secretly and under an assumed name, runs a Bowery soup kitchen by night called the Bowery Friendly Mission. Lugosi’s character uses his soup kitchen as a means to recruit members of a criminal gang, of which he is also secretly the head.
Diamonds are stolen. Before the thief can safely hide them he is strangled by ex-conman Cueball (Dick Wessel). Cueball takes the diamonds and continues on murdering people that he believes are trying to double-cross him. Dick Tracy (Morgan Conway) allows his girlfriend Tess to act as a buyer for the diamonds but what happens when Cueball vows to eliminate Dick Tracy?
Jigsaw is a 1949 film noir made by Tower Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by Fletcher Markle and produced by Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger from a screenplay by Vincent McConnor and Fletcher Markle from a story by John Roeburt.
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”