Losers Lounge is a murder mystery set in 1948 in the fictitious town of Passionville IL just South and East of Chicago. The protagonist, Joey Ferdinando is an ex-cop, private eye. Captain, ...
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Losers Lounge is a murder mystery set in 1948 in the fictitious town of Passionville IL just South and East of Chicago. The protagonist, Joey Ferdinando is an ex-cop, private eye. Captain, Morgan MacPhearson (antagonist), canned him from the force in 1946 when he caught Joey in bed with his wife. Lisa Losers runs the lounge with the same name where seedy lowlife characters hang out. The Lounge was a whorehouse during the war. A troubled abused young lady, Mariana Walker, arrives at the Lounge needing a job. She is murdered and Joey was the last person with her and is the number one suspect. Joey only has a few days to find the killer with the help of his sidekick Razor and the corrupt Mayor of Passionville, Mayor Hermann Paxton. There are several suspects that one by one, after Joey interrogates them become non-suspects as the Grand Jury is about to indict Joey for the murder. Written by
With a reported budget of less then $1,000 this film is a perfect example of microcinema working for the little guy. The film was shot in the tradition of the old classic Film Noir style film-making. It is set in 1948 in the fictitious town of Passionville, IL.
Joey Ferdinando (Brian Talbot) is a private eye who, after being forced out of the Passionville Police Department, now works catching cheating husbands.
His favorite hang out is Losers Lounge owned by Lisa Loser (Vickie Smith). Everyone who is anyone frequents the lounge in search of good times, drinking and a few extra curricular activities. One day Lisa is approached by Mariana Walker (Autumne Sorgius), a young girl in search of a job. She is hired on the spot and begins whoring almost immediately. Mariana is killed later in the film and Joey is dubbed the #1 suspect. He is constantly being scrutinized by Sergeant Frank Monday (Kevin Croak) and Mayor Hermann Paxton (Bob Williams) for his role in the murder and eventually has to prove his innocence amidst all the corruption and dirty politics.
The storyline was great, however the acting left a little to be desired. Technically the film was solid with the exception of the lightning and audio inconsistencies. We would like to give props to the chase scene involving Joey and Rich (Tim Tyler). Instead of using a traditional dolly Don Boner's crew improvised by having the camera man ride in the trunk of a car while it was moving. The end result being an impressive action sequence that could be considered the best scene of the entire film.
This film is a prime example of what can be achieved on a limited budget and a little imagination. My only suggestion...spend more time on casting.
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