Shoot to Kill come to a close, we witness a furious automobile chase in progress (which is also "teased" before the credits)…but because of the by-the-seat-of-the-pants lighting used in the production (as well as the somewhat beaten-up print of the movie), it’s a little hard to tell just who is pursuing who. Fortunately, we are provided answers when one of the vehicles cracks up and the police arrive to examine the bodies of the three passengers: convicted hoodlum Dixie Logan (Robert Kent), who’s been at-large for some time now (busted out of the joint); lawyer Lawrence “Larry” Dale (Edmund MacDonald), on the eve of becoming district attorney; and Marian Langdon (Luana Walters), Dale’s girl Friday who agrees to become Mrs. Dale (even though she knows Dale has only proposed to protect his rather unsavory background) in a naked, cynical grab for political power.
|Two of the familiar faces in Shoot to Kill: Nestor Paiva (upper photo), who plays a thug in cahoots with crooked D.A. MacDonald, and Vince "Elmo" Barnett (bottom photo), whose extreme close-up is pretty much his highlight in the movie.|
|Say what you will about Walters...girlfriend can work a turban. The third picture features at bottom left the name of Carole Lombard...your guess is as good as mine.|
The Phantom Creeps at She Blogged by Night.) Kent, a former prizefighter who was once under contract at Fox (making such films as Charlie Chan at
Monte Carlo and Mr. Moto Takes
a Chance), went down a similar road as Ms. Walters in that alcoholism did him
in at the age of 46 in 1955…disappointing in that he had a fairly
high-profile role in The Country Girl (1954) the previous year. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say
it will behoove those viewers who have not yet seen this film to keep a close
eye on Kent—he has
a surprise or two well worth the watch.
YouTube. But the movie is also one of fifty features that’s been made available in a re-released Mill Creek Entertainment collection entitled Dark Crimes…a movie pack set that first came out in 2005 and is now being brought back by popular demand. It’s the most economical way I know of to get a movie collection going, and most of the titles on the set would make frequent guest reviewer Philip Schweier’s mouth water: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), D.O.A. (1950) and The Naked Kiss (1964—okay, maybe not this one…he didn’t care for it) are just a few of the goodies on this set, as well as first-rate sleepers like Guest in the House (1944), Gaslight (the 1940 original), Fear in the Night (1947) and Woman on the Run (1950). (I should also point out that not all of the selections in this set are film-related; four of them are kinescopes from the Golden Age of Television anthology Studio One in
so it will be of interest to vintage TV fans as well.)
other collections like The Nifty Fifties and Timeless Family Classics—is priced to meet even the tightest of home entertainment budgets, and you can even take advantage of the discount code at this page for a little extra savings…but make certain that if you’re buying a copy you do it before the deadline runs out May 31. If you’re interested in Dark Crimes, I’m going to give you an opportunity to win a copy gratis (a fancy word for “no strings attached,” and courtesy of rep Barbara Pflughaupt, who was nice enough to send me an extra review copy) and all you have to do is shoot me an e-mail at igsjrotr(at)gmail(dot)com (with “Dark Crimes giveaway” in the header) before next Tuesday May 22 at 11:59pm EDT with your name, address and e-mail. The usual ruleage applies: if you’ve won something off the blog in the last thirty days, kindly consider sitting this one out to give other folks a shot at the swag. It would make a great gift for the movie enthusiast in your life…or you could keep it for yourself, and I don’t think any of us would blame you. But you cannot win this if you don’t enter—so what are you waiting for?