Mystery Theatre

386. MYSTERY THEATRE (1951-USA). ABC-TV. Two different programs with “TOM CONWAY as Inspector Mark Saber of the Homicide Squad.” JAMES BURKE as Sgt. Maloney. VERNE SMITH announcing. Includes one commercial for Mole Shave Cream. Suave and elegant. Tom Conway fit the image of the brother of George Sanders in this long-running (9 years) TV series. “The Case of the Chamber of Death” features a cunning murderer who uses cyanide gas to kill. “The Case of the Locked Room” features the classic detective problem: who bumped off the body in the locked room? Suicide or murder? Typical detective gambits of missing wills, obvious suspects who turn out to be innocent, etc. Inspector Saber is far from the Big League of a Sherlock Holmes, but it’s fun to watch this early example of a debonair detective and watch his wardrobe change as he cracks the case! 53 minutes total. Television Crime

Black Tower, The

260. THE BLACK TOWER (1950-USA). Two complete programs telling one complete story. An impoverished medical student is in desperate need of money. The script plagiarizes “Crime and Punishment” without shame! 54 minutes total. TV

Sing Sing Nights

2389. SING SING NIGHTS (1934-usa). WITH Conway tearle, Ferdinand gottschalk, HARD1E ALBRIGHT. Famed New York newspaperman and war correspondent Floyd Cooper has been cold-bloodedly murdered. He was shot three times, with any one of the bullets having been the fatal one. A fellow journalist named Howard Trude confesses to the deed and turns himself in to the police. So does Robert McCaigh, an Englishman and former army surgeon. So does Sergei Krenwrcz, military attachŽ to a Chinese warlord who claims he came all the way from Manchuria to murder Cooper. None of the authorities can determine which of the bullets caused Cooper’s demise, so all three men await execution at Sing Sing prison. Just as the sentences are to be carried out, a forensics expert informs the governor that the true killer might be determined via his newly developed “scientific apparatus”: a lie detector. The governor signs a pair of pardons, to be given to the two men who are found innocent after being subjected to the machine. With the instrument strapped to each man’s arm, they relate their respective stories of how they came in contact with Cooper and why they wanted him dead. Which one will prove to be the real kilter? Which two will go free, because they “shot into a corpse”? See if you can guess in this enticing and quite unique mystery-drama. 60 minutes. Crime-Mystery-Suspense

Violent Years, The

2190. THE VIOLENT YEARS (1956-USA). “This is a story of violenceÉof the uncontrolled tension of adolescent youth,” a narrator somberly observes as several surly teen girls parade action on screen. They smirk at such words and phrases as “self-restraint” and “politeness” that are written on a blackboard. Their leader is Paula, an 18-year-old hellcat from a wealthy family who has long bee ignored by her parents. Mom is too busy with her charity work to notice that Paula is hungry for love. Her newspaperman father is too overworked and tired to give Paula attention. “One of these days I’m gonna take a day off and get to know her again,” he promises. Yet he is blissfully unaware that his daughter is the ringleader of the gun-wielding all-girl gang his paper has been tracking. For opener Paula and her pals rob a gas station and bash in the head of its proprietor. Next they harass a young couple necking in a car. They order the girl to strip off her clothes and physically assault the boy “These fool kids. When will they learn,” a cop declares. That’s precisely the point of this deliciously vulgar, moralistic juvenile delinquency drivel. No one is listed in the opening credits as the film writer. However, the screenplay was penned by that legendary purveyor of cinematic ineptitude EDWARD D. WOOD, JR.! So you know you are in for a movie so numbingly awful that it actually is quite entertaining. 57 minutes. Juvenile Delinquent

Kill And Be Killed

2067. KILL AND BE KILLED (1966-Spain). A young woman just out of jail finds herself involved in a tense murder plot. When will Auntie die and leave us the money? Dubbed in English. 101 minutes. Crime Mystery Suspense

Strange Case Of Dr. Manning

1950. STRANGE CASE OF DR. MANNING (Morning Call) (1957-England). With RON RANDELL, GRETA GYNT. A wealthy doctor is kidnapped. His wife calls in an intrepid American private eye. A taut mystery-melodrama. 73 minutes. Crime Mystery Suspense

Triumph Of Sherlock Holmes, The

1071. THE TRIUMPH OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1935-England). With Arthur Wontner, LYN HARDING, IAN FLEMING. SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’S Valley of Fear becomes an absorbing mystery movie, starring Arthur Wontner, whom film historian William K. Everson called “one of the best” actors to play SherÂlock Holmes. The legendary sleuth decides to retire to the country, but his nefarious nemesis, Professor Moriarty, quickly foils those plans. Moriarty, “the brains behind the biggest criminal organization in Europe,” carries out the murder of an American, who is found with a mysterious mark branded onto his wrist-the sign of a secret society! Investigating, Holmes and Watson hear a fantastic tale (shown in flashbacks) of the American West, where the victim had been involved with a notorious group of ruthless killers. A strange path of murder, betrayal and revenge led him from the “valley of fearÓ to a forbidding English castle-and it leads Holmes, and us, to a startling climax! How does the dauntless detective untangle the strands of this strange story and stage his magnificent Òtriumph”? ElemenÂtary, my dear Watson! 83 minutes. Crime