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Money Madness (1948)

A murderous bank robber on the run from the law hides out in a small town, where he gets a job as a cab driver. He meets a young girl who is caring for her ill but wealthy aunt. He courts ... See full summary »

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A murderous bank robber on the run from the law hides out in a small town, where he gets a job as a cab driver. He meets a young girl who is caring for her ill but wealthy aunt. He courts her and they eventually marry. She soon discovers exactly who he is, and finds herself enmeshed in a scheme involving murder and loot from a bank robbery. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Marked as a killer!

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Steve Clark: Listen, Julie. Get this straight. What I have I keep. That goes for the money, and it goes for you.
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Hugh Beaumont, a complex thief and murderer, snares Frances Rafferty in his web
6 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Money Madness" is a really good b-noir that shouldn't be missed by noir fans and those who like tough crime stories. And it is easy to miss because it will be an obscure title for all but devoted fans who seek out such items of the past. However, it's on both youtube and the internet archive. I watched it again last night.

Hugh Beaumont arrives in a small town with $200,000 he has made off with from a gang robbery, but he can't flaunt this hot money without arousing suspicions. His character is complex. He's cold and calculating, manipulative, ready to kill without emotion, but the story also brings out that he falls in love for the first time with Frances Rafferty. This doesn't stop him from using her. She makes the mistake of marrying him, because she's held down by her aunt. Beaumont does a great job at making this character real and chilling. He can look very menacing. Rafferty does fine as a woman caught in his web.

Director Sam Newfield did hundreds of westerns before doing a few small noirs in this era. In this one, there are some good shots.

Recommended as a no-nonsense noir that establishes quite a chilling mood as Beaumont carries out his plans and as he entraps Rafferty in them.


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