The editor of a New York exploitation newspaper meets the wife he had abandoned years ago, while using another name, at a LonelyHearts ball sponsored by his newspaper. She threatens to ... See full summary »
Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.
Barbara Bel Geddes,
The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw's unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can't abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen's household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town... and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush. Written by
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The train is going north (the afternoon sun is streaming across the tracks into the train station from the direction of the house), yet the audio says the train is going down to Los Angeles, instead of up to San Francisco. If time of day were incidental to the film, this would be overlooked, but the clock is the tension builder. See more »
Got this on DVD at the .99 store for...well you know. There's some decent movies for that price there.
Sinatra is the best actor in this movie. I enjoyed Sterling Hayward in Kubrick's The Killing and then bought his autobiography, The Wanderer. I enjoy the character actors in such movies but best of all the actual scenery representing life in 1954--that's history brought to life. I love seeing the store fronts, cars, dress and cultural norms. Great stuff.
As stated, Hayward has a machine gun acting style--made for the B movie. He's a natural actor yet I get the idea he never really worked at his craft. Sinatra looks mean and has the look about him--the stare in his eye that indicates a lion inside. He would have made a great gangster actor.
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