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Introduced by Eddie Muller on Oct. 17

In this landmark noir, a psychotic loner (Richard Basehart) uses his genius for electronics to commit robberies while evading the police. When he graduates to murder, L.A.'s finest, including tough Scott Brady and methodical Jack Webb (who was immediately inspired to create DRAGNET), pull out a few modern techniques of their own. The cops launch an all-out manhunt to snare the clever crook, tracking him through — and beneath — cityscapes stunningly photographed by the greatest of all noir cinematographers, John Alton. Directed by Alfred L. Werker (SHOCK), with uncredited assistance from Anthony Mann (RAW DEAL, T-MEN). "Basehart is excellent as the strange, lone wolf electronics expert/killer, an enigmatic threat haunting the paranoid dreams of the witch-hunting era." – Time Out (UK). (Note courtesy of Noir City.) DIR Alfred L. Werker; SCR John C. Higgins, Crane Wilbur; PROD Bryan Foy, Robert Kane. U.S., 1948, b&w, 79 min. NOT RATED

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79 Minutes
Film noir


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