A man falls to his death from the balcony of his penthouse apartment. Two reporters (Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot) fight over the “scoop” and uncover the sinister murder plot.
The Society of the Black Dragons sends Bela Lugosi (Dr. Melcher) to transform 6 japanese into indentical likenesses of American industrialists forming a 5th column. This is at the behest of the Nazis.
This time Buzzy O’Brien (Frankie Darro) is a florists delivery boy. He still thinks he’s a detective though and finds out that his boss was in a foreign espionage ring. Only Buzzy, with his sometime faithful companion Jefferson (Mantan Moreland) can crack the ring and save the day.
An ocean liner sinks off Honolulu and Allen Colby, heir to millions, is presumed dead…but local sleuth Charlie Chan is not so sure, and flies to San Francisco to investigate further.
A man pretending to be a doctor holds up a train and escapes with a $500,000 payroll. The insurance company puts its best investigator, Charlie Norman, on the case to work. A pretty nifty film noir.
Steve McQueen plays a college dropout hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery. It’s based on a real 1953 case.
Mr. Arkadin is a French-Spanish-Swiss coproduction film written and directed by Orson Welles. Its history is quite convoluted; the story was based on an episode of the radio series The Lives of Harry Lime, which in turn was based on the character Welles portrayed in The Third Man. In addition, several different versions of the film were released. Jonathan Rosenbaum’s essay “The Seven Arkadins” is an attempt to detail the different versions including the novel and radio play. Adding to the confusion is a novel of the same title that was credited to Welles; Welles claimed the book was only ghostwritten with Maurice Bessy. In 1982 Welles described it as the ‘biggest disaster’ of his life, due to him losing creative control of the film.