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The Last Crooked Mile (1946)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  9 August 1946 (USA)
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The notorious Jarvis gang robs a bank, one member is killed in the subsequent shootout, they ditch the getaway car, but are recognized at a roadblock as they take it on the lam and are ... See full summary »

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Tom Dwyer (as Donald Barry)
Ann Savage ...
Sheila Kennedy
Adele Mara ...
Bonnie
Tom Powers ...
Floyd Sorelson
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Ed 'Wires' MacGuire
Nestor Paiva ...
Ferrara
Harry Shannon ...
Police Lt. Blake
Ben Welden ...
Haynes
John Miljan ...
Police Lt. Mayrin
Charles D. Brown ...
Dietrich - Bank President
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Jarvis - Gang Leader
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Charlie - Gang Member
The Seven Pods of Pepper ...
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The notorious Jarvis gang robs a bank, one member is killed in the subsequent shootout, they ditch the getaway car, but are recognized at a roadblock as they take it on the lam and are killed in a car chase. The getaway car is sold to a carnival sideshow, where an insurance investigator and some surviving gang members start poking around in search of the missing cash. The investigator tracks down the now-dead Jarvis's girlfriend at a cabaret, and several murders and violent incidents (including a dead body on the rollercoaster) occur as he narrows in on the culprits. Written by goblinhairedguy

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9 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Caminhos Tortuosos  »

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10 March 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

This nifty, fast-paced B mystery, based on a radio play (as were many superior second features of the time) is a nice surprise from Republic Studios. It features original situations and plenty of fancy patter, some of it slightly risqué for the time (obviously, the production code mavens were more diligent in scrutinizing the A product than these minor programmers). Lightweight leading man Don "Red" Barry, with the wavy hair and tenor voice, gives as good as he takes (he also sports one of the most outrageous wide ties in memory), and B movie icon Ann Savage has a sizable role as a slinky cabaret singer who may know more than she lets on. Connoisseurs will appreciate the parade of offbeat character turns by vets like Irving Bacon, Sheldon Leonard, and especially Tom Dugan in a little deadpan bit as a sarcastic souvenir salesman. The photography is suitably shadowy, the carnival background sleazy, and there are some clever editing tricks. Obscure director Phil Ford, who was John Ford's nephew (and Francis Ford's son), certainly takes advantage of his studio's affinity for serials, emphasising reckless car chases and a wild ride aboard a roller-coaster. (By the way, reliable historian Tom Weaver claims that Phil was often more interesting than both John and Francis!) If you like this one, try the similar No Hands on the Clock from Paramount's splendid B-movie mill.


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