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Illegal Entry(1949)Ex WW2 ace Bert powers(Howard Duff)is hired by FBI agent Dan Collins(George Brent)to help break up a brutal gang flying exconcentration camp victims into the US.Dan gets a lead when hes tipped about a restraunt called The Blue Danube.In charge is pretty Anna Duvak(Marta Toren)Through Anna Bert meets Nick Gruber(Tom Tully)in charge of a small airline company.Bert finds Gruber is in charge of operations in the US and that theres a MR Big running the operation in Mexico.
Anna and Bert fall in love,but the gang have a hold on her because her brother Stepan(Eric Feldary)is in the country illegally.MR Big is deported mob czar Dutch Lempo(Richard Rober)whos in love with Anna.Stepan soon commits suicide and Anna breaks up with the mob.Angry,Lempo demands to be flown back into the country with Bert and the gangs top pilot,Zack(Paul Stewart)as pilots.
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye(1950)After escapimg from a prison wolkfarm land killing his partner(Neville Brand)Ralph Cotter(James Cagney) settles in the nearest town. Ralph with his partners sister,Holiday(Barbra Peyton)start a major crime wave.Along with local hood Jinx Raynor(Steve Brodie)Ralph robs a local store owner for a huge amount of money.Crooked police detectives(Ward Bond and Barton MacLaine)take the money from the robbery and warn Ralph,Jinx,and Holiday to leave town.Jinx introduces Ralph to criminal lawyer Cherokee Mandron(Luther Adler)who agrees to help.Ralph,Cherokee,and Jinx set up recording equipent and trap the two detectives in a deal.
Ralph soon grows tired of Holiday and starts having an affair with Margret Dobson(Helena Carter)wealthy daughter of the crooked local politician.
Keep an eye out for William Cagney.Jimmys brother.(Bit)
Double Indemnity(1944)Walter Neff(Fred MacMurray)an insurance salesman goes to see a wealthy MR Dietrich to sell him a policy.Walter meets his trashy wife Phyllis(Barbra Stanwyck)who he at once falls for.She tells Walter she wants to get out of a loveless marriage.Phyllis and Walter have a plan,to sell Dietrich the policy then kill him.The plan comes off well until Barton Keyes(Edward G Robinson)begins to believe Dietrich was murdered and Phyllis and Dietrichs daughters(Jean Heather)boyfriend Nino(Byron Barr)who Phyllis was having an affair,are the killers.
George Raft was the first pick to play Walter,but he turned down the part.
New York Confidential(1955)Don of the New York mafia,Charlie Lupo(Broderick Crawford)hirwww.impawards.com made man Nick Magellan(Richard Conte)to rid him of another family,Charlie keeps Nick on after he performs the job.Charlies daughterKathy(Anne Bancroft)is ashamed of her father and the way he makes money.She falls for Nick and they soon have an affair unknown to Charlie.
When a mob buisnessmsn double crosses the mob Charlie orderes his top henchman Arnie Wendler(Mike Mazurki)to get rid of the him.Arnie is caught in the murder and to clear himself wants to turn in Charlie.
Soon the whole organization is in trouble when they find Arnie cant be touched.
Great Film Almost as good as The Godfather.
Kansas Raiders(1950)Kansas 1863.Jesse James(Audie Murphy),Kit Dalton(Tony Curtis),Frank James(Richard Long),Cole Younger(James Best),and James Younger(Dewey Martin)want to join Quanttril Raiders,a Confederate outfit being led by Col Quantril(Brian Donlevy)
They soon join up but they are soon disapointed to find Quantril is in head of a band of outlaws and looters.
The boys remain having no place else to go.Jesse and Quantrils mistress,Kate Clarke(Marguerite Chapman)fall in love.
Everything a Western should be and more.
Coming out of the theatre I noticed "The Great Gatsby" will be coming out in May. After looking at the trailer I wonder if the remake will do the novel justice.