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Beat the Devil (1953) Rated PG-13
A quartet of international crooks -- Peterson, O'Hara, Ross and Ravello -- is stranded in Italy while their steamer is being repaired. With them are the Dannreuthers. The six are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but actually to buy land supposedly loaded with uranium.  

Detour (1945) Rated PG-13 

In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts' every move plunges him deeper into trouble.  


Behind Green Lights (1946) Rated PG-13
Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.


The Hitch-Hiker (1953) Rated PG-13 

Two friends on a fishing trip pick up a stranded motorist who turns out to be a psychotic escaped convict. This sociopath has already murdered other good Samaritans in his efforts to evade authorities. He sadistically taunts and threatens the two men and perversely delights in telling them that he has them both marked for death sometime before the end of the trip. His destination is a ferryboat in Baja, California, which he hopes will help him get to the mainland.


He Walked by Night (1948) Rated PG-13
This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop. 


Quicksand (1950) Rated PG-13 

After borrowing twenty dollars from his employer's cash register, an auto mechanic is plunged into a series of increasingly disastrous circumstances which rapidly spiral out of his control.


The Red House (1947) Rated PG-13 

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.


Inner Sanctum (1948) Rated PG-13 A man fleeing the police after having committed a murder hides out in a boarding house in a small town.

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The Big Combo (1955) Rated PG
A police detective is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.


Crime, Inc (1945) Rated PG
A crusading reporter uses his friendship with a mobster to expose the machinations of organized crime in his city.


The Tattered Dress (1957) Rated PG

When top lawyer James Blane gets an acquittal for a man who killed another man for sexually roughing up his trophy wife, the murderous town sheriff frames him for bribing a juror in the case.


Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Rated PG

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Naked Alibi (1954) Rated PG

A police chief fired for brutality, tries to get evidence on a man suspected of killing 3 police detectives.

Smash Up: The Story of a Woman (1947) Rated PG
A successful nightclub singer weds a struggling songwriter, but when his fame eclipses hers, she delves into alcoholism.


Smooth as Silk (1946) Rated PG
An attorney, engaged to an actress, gains acquittal for a wealthy playboy accused of manslaughter. 


Manhandled (1949) Rated PG
The secretary to a phony psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient's wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

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The Big Bluff (1955) Rated PG
When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions.

Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)
While waiting on a delayed flight, David Trask, who has left his unfaithful wife, meets three of his fellow passengers. When the aircraft crashes, he is one of few survivors, and sets out to resolve their unfinished business.

Kansas City Confidential (1952) Rated PG
An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.


The Strange Woman (1946) Rated PG
In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.


Hitch-hiker (1953) Rated PG
Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

The Hoodlum (1951) Rated PG
Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.


Scandal Sheet (1985) Rated PG
The publisher of a celebrity gossip tabloid sets out to destroy an aging actor, whose career is foundering and who is also facing a battle with alcoholism.