Derek Winnert

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The Man They Could Not Hang ***½ (1939, Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox) – Classic Movie Review 5630 

Director Nick Grinde’s 1939 horror movie finds Boris Karloff playing a crazed scientist again, this time Dr Henryk Savaard, who is accused of and executed for the murder of a student helping him in an […]

Jun, 18 · in Uncategorized

Devil’s Island [Song of Hell] *** (1939, Boris Karloff, James Stephenson, Nedda Harrigan) – Classic Movie Review 5629

Director William Clemens’s searing, realistic and revelatory 1939 drama stars Boris Karloff who gives a splendidly full-blooded performance as Dr Charles Gaudet, a brain surgeon condemned to the dreaded French Devil’s Island penal colony for […]

Jun, 18 · in Uncategorized

West of Shanghai [The Warlord] *** (1937, Boris Karloff, Beverly Roberts, Ricardo Cortez, Gordon Oliver) – Classic Movie Review 5628

Director John Farrow’s short (64 minute) 1937 war adventure drama stars Boris Karloff who gives the impression he is hugely enjoying himself cast, as of course he could not be today, as a Chinese warlord, […]

Jun, 18

Two Against the Law [Deux Hommes dans la Ville] [Two Men in Town] ** (1973, Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Mimsy Farmer, Victor Lanoux, Michel Bouquet) – Classic Movie Review 5627

French New Wave icon Alain Delon stars in co-writer/ director José Giovanni’s 1973 Franco-Italian thriller as former bank robber and ex-safe cracker Gino Strabliggi, a recently early released prisoner who has served 10 years in jail. He […]

Jun, 18

Johnny O’Clock **** (1947, Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Lee J Cobb, Evelyn Keyes, Nina Foch, Thomas Gomez) – Classic Movie Review 5626

Writer-director Robert Rossen’s 1947 thriller is a very fine whodunit in the nervy late Forties manner, crammed with shady characters, murky deeds and murkier lighting in Burnett Guffey’s quintessentially noir black and white cinematography. [Spoiler […]

Jun, 17

The Invisible Menace ** (1938, Boris Karloff, Marie Wilson, Eddie Craven, Cy Kendall) – 5623

Director John Farrow’s little 1938 thriller at least has the virtue of starring the great Boris Karloff in his prime. The question in Crane Wilbur’s screenplay is, has US army worker Jevries (Karloff) committed the murder […]

Jun, 17

The Invisible Wall ** (1947, Don Castle, Virginia Christine, Richard Gaines, Arthur Space) – Classic Movie Review 5625

Don Castle stars as Harry Lane, an innocent man with a gambling problem accused of a murder, in director Eugene Ford’s complex and fairly intriguing but only passable 1947 noir mystery thriller, with just a […]

Jun, 17

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