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”

American Experience: The Great Famine (2011)

In the wake of World War I, there was an American relief effort organized by Herbert Hoover to save the starving Russians. This makes Herbert Hoover the man who saved the most lives of anyone in history. The Great Famine is a documentary about the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. Five million Soviet citizens died. Half a world away, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign, championed by Herbert Hoover, director of the American Relief Administration.

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