Gang Bullets

January 5, 2017

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When the theaters were owned by the major studios in the 30’s and 40’s the price of a ticket got you a feature film, cartoon, news reel, and what is now called a ‘B’ movie. “Gang Bullets” is a ‘B’ film from Monogram, a top poverty studio of it’s day, and if this is judged against other ‘B’ movies it would fall into the top 20%. Starring ‘B’ actors Anne Nagel (a rare top billing for her), Robert Kent, and Charles Towbridge, the 63 minute film is a crime/gangster who knows the law all too well. The DA is trying to put him behind bars but seems hindered in his efforts until?

Directed by Lambert Hillyer under the watchful eye of Scott Dunplap the film moves along keeping your interest. Music director is Abe Meyer, who was the king in finding source material, and it worked in this film.

Since this film went into public domain there are less than copies available, some shortened. This includes the free internet archive whose copy is inferior to the one I purchased from Oldies.com which was around $5.00 including shipping. My copy is clearer with less background noise. When I finish 100 of these I’ll rank them. Right now this one is somewhere around #20. Will keep you posted.

The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

February 1, 2011

The countess, played by Elizabeth Russell(Curse of the Cat People and The 7th Victim), needs injections so she can stay young looking. Dr. Lorenz, or master played by Bela Lugosi, drugs newly wed brides with the smell of a rare orchid so he can take some of their blood and give it to the countess so she can stay beautiful. The odd couple sleep in coffins even though they are not vampires. He is helped by a mother of a mentally retarded giant and a dwarf. Add a reporter who figures out what the weapon is and a rather gullible doctor and you have the story. Director Wallace Fox, who spent his career doing Monogram ‘B’ pictures and television did little to enhance the Harvey Gates screenplay who is best known for the “Werewolf of London” starring Warner Oland and Henry Hull. Considering the low budget the film moved along quickly and provided a minimum amount of suspense. I could think of far worse ways to spend 64 minutes. The film was scored with an above average amount of music by Charles Dunworth who never received any credit for the 19 pictures he did.  He actually helped enhance a couple of scenes. For trivia people this film was part of the “Monogram 9.”  I’ve included two audio cues. The main title and a scene where the cub reporter is looking for clues. While the quality of the transfer is only fair it could be purchased for $1.00 a real bargain for a Lugosi movie.

Available on Alpha 4034D from http://www.oldies.com