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The Man Who Died Twice (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1958 (USA)
Nightclub owner T.J. Brennon dies in a car accident and two narcotics agents are killed in his apartment, prompting an investigation by the local police aided by Brennon's cop brother.

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Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rod Cameron ... William 'Bill' Brennon
Vera Ralston ... Lynn Brennon
Mike Mazurki ... Rak
Gerald Milton Gerald Milton ... Hart
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Santoni
Louis Jean Heydt ... Capt. Andy Hampton
Don Megowan ... T.J. Brennon
John Maxwell ... Chief Sloane
Robert Anderson ... Sgt. Williams (as Bob Anderson)
Paul Picerni ... George
Don Haggerty ... Frank
Luana Anders ... Young Girl Addict
Jesslyn Fax ... 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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REIGN-OF-TERROR...BY KILLERS AND VICE KINGS OF THE UNDERWORLD!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Omul care a murit de două ori See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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One Step From Nowhere
by Jerry Gladstone & Al DeLory
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Good noir from Republic veterans
20 September 2005 | by southfarSee all my reviews

This is an important movie in regards to the history of Republic Pictures. Starting in 1957, Republic technically didn't make films anymore, but released or distributed films made by independent companies. But only one of these independent companies was made up of personnel from the original Republic Pictures, Ventura Productions. The Man Who Died Twice was the last film of seven or eight made by Ventura (December 1957), released by Republic in June 1958. So technically, this was the last real Republic Production, with Republic regulars at the helm: Joseph Kane, director, Jack Marta, director of photography, Bob Mark, makeup supervision, Rudy Ralston, Producer, etc. The two top stars were Republic stalwarts, Rod Cameron and Vera Ralston. It has a good story, is paced well, as usual, by Kane (named by Gene Autry to be the John Ford of B movies) and photographed beautifully in black and white and Republic's wide screen process, Naturama, by Marta. It is Vera Ralston's last film and Kane's last film for Republic. He moved on to directing westerns on TV and then in the mid 60s did some directing and 2nd unit directing for films. Republic collapsed in mid 1959, more valuable for the land its studio was sitting on and for its film library. Do your best to try and see the 70 minute film. It has a great supporting cast headed by Mike Mazurki (who appeared with Vera and John Wayne in 1945's Dakota from Republic, also directed by Kane).


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