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Neath Brooklyn Bridge

Director: Wallace Fox
Country/ Year: USA 1942



Somewhere between “The Dead End Kids” and “The Little Though Guys” and before “The Bowery Boys” some of the actors joined “The East Side Kids” serial for some b-movie banter and bigotry.

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The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
Country/ Year: Japan 1974



The final part of the martial arts trilogy staring Sonny Chiba has been mauled as bad the crooks the titular hero is after. Messy dubbing and re-cutting multiply the chronological and logical gaps.

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Topper Returns

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Country/ Year: USA 1941



If there is any spirit in the third and last of the “Topper”-installments, it is Joan Blondell. Literally speaking, as she plays the sassy spook to haunt the titular banker into solving her untimely death.

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Terror by Night

Director: Roy William Neill
Country/ Year: USA 1946



Inexpertly timed comic relief and a limpidly plotted enigma are unmissable clues that the next-to-last of the classic “Sherlock Holmes”-features is as drained as finally the whole movie series.

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They Made Me a Criminal

Director: Busby Berkeley
Country/ Year: USA 1939



“Johnnie be good”, goes the lection of the uptight crime tale about a young champion who gets framed for murder. Dead end? No, just the Dead End Kids and some highly moralistic values.

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Spider Baby

Director: Jack Hill, Bart Paton
Country/ Year: USA 1964



„This cannibal orgy is strange to behold in the maddest story ever told.“, sings Lon Chaney, Jr. as guardian chauffeur of the siblings, who’s family name coins that of a fictional mental illness. Legit.

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Cause for Alarm!

Director: Tay Garnett
Country/ Year: USA 1951



An incriminating letter, which Loretta Young’s seemingly proper housewife has to retain, drives the ambiguous suspense flick, which darkly hints at the pathological backside of suburbian cleanliness.

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Jigsaw

Director: Fletcher Markle
Country/ Year: USA 1949



As hokey as it is high-minded, this model exercise of left-wing lecturing allows only glimpses of his illustre ensemble including Marlene Dietrich, Henry Fonda, Everett Sloane and John Garfield.

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Whispering City

Director: Fyodor Ostep
Country/ Year: Canada 1947



A penchant for death and darkness, may it be moral obscurity or that of the mind: that is what the disparaging characters of the formidable murder triangle share and scheeme about.

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The World Gone Mad

Director: Christy Cabanne
Country/ Year: USA 1933



Sluggish action and stilted morals make the heavily aged studio crime flick one of the lesser entries in the vast directorial oeuvre of Cabanne, who did better (if not great) with “Scared to death”.

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