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The Man Who Died Twice (1958)

A nightclub singer loses her husband in an automobile accident, and soon afterward witnesses the murders of two narcotics agents, and suffers a nervous breakdown. The police come to believe... See full summary »

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(as Joe Kane)
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William 'Bill' Brennon
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Lynn Brennon
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Capt. Andy Hampton
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T.J. Brennon
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Sally Hemphill
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A nightclub singer loses her husband in an automobile accident, and soon afterward witnesses the murders of two narcotics agents, and suffers a nervous breakdown. The police come to believe that all three murders are related, as they had suspected her husband was involved in a heroin smuggling ring, and now they think she may have been involved in it - especially after they find a large stash of heroin hidden in her apartment. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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murder | heroin | nightclub | sergeant | See All (4) »

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REIGN-OF-TERROR...BY KILLERS AND VICE KINGS OF THE UNDERWORLD!

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Crime | Drama

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6 June 1958 (USA)  »

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Rauschgift-Banditen  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Rod Cameron's brother has died, but dope is involved
8 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm sure that "The Man Who Died Twice" (1958) will play a lot better in a clear and widescreen print. As matters stand, I watched an average-looking video-recorded and full screen version blipped out from the old CBN channel. There are times when all you see is the space between two characters talking.

It's a pretty good little detective-type story. It opens with us seeing Don McGowan driving and then his car flying over a cliff, where it crashes and burns. His brother, Rod Cameron, a policeman arrives in town and the locals prevail upon him to stay and look around because his brother was involved in the drug trade and because his brother's wife (Vera Ralston) is witness to a murder. Mike Mazurki, bartender at the club of McGowan and now Ralston, is very solicitous of Ralston who has to fend him off. Two hoods arrive in town because McGowan had owed a mob boss $300,000. These killers add spice to the story and manage to bump off a couple of people.

Ralston's acting is laid back. Some actresses can bring this off. I don't think Ms. Ralston does. She also sings. One criticism is enough.

Rod Cameron owns the screen when he's on. He did a number of noir-type movies and not just westerns, like "Double Jeopardy" and "Passport to Treason". I'd really like to see nice prints of all these movies and his westerns too. I like his work. Mazurki is very effective too. He has a way of leaving space between his lines or saying them so that they carry threat, even when he's not making a threat. Louis Jean Heydt appears as a cop. He's recognizable from a lot of films, and his role as Joe Brody in "The Big Sleep" comes to mind.


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