994. ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS (1966-France-Spain). With EDDIE CONSTANTINE, FERNANDO KEY. A fast-moving, humorous spy adventure with a preposterous plot about individuals being turned into roÂbots and programmed to commit political assassinations. To discover the leaders of the robot organization, Interpol hires a hard-boiled former secret agent, whose chief interests are fighting, gambling, and sex. His search takes him to various exotic locales, where he encounters beautiful but treacherous women, kidnapping attempts, Chinese spies, car chases, double and triple crosses, and lots of violence. Of course, this isn’t comÂpletely original, but it copies from the very best. When Interpol gives the agent electrified gloves, an exploding umbrella, a cigar bomb, and a pen that becomes a flute – the sound of which breaks a glass vial, releasing gas – his reaction is, “How many James Bond films have you seen recently?” The reply: “More than you think!” Keep your tongue firmly planted in your cheek, and you’ll have a good time with this light-hearted spy spoof. Dubbed into English. 88 minutes. Suspense-Adventure
929. TOMORROW AT SEVEN (1933-USA). With CHESTER MORRIS, ALLEN JENKINS, CHARLES MIDDLETON. Who is The Black Ace? Glad you asked! He’s a mysterious killer who always warns his victim and leaves an Ace of Spades on the corpse as his calling card. 62 minutes. Crime Mystery Suspense
93. THE KENNEL MURDER CASE (1933-usa). WITH William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Jack laRue. Directed by Michael Curtiz. This entertaining mystery was named as one of the three best detective movies of all time in William Everson’s definitive study. The detective in film, William Powell, supported by a colorful cast of character actors and canines, is superb in his fourth and final appearance as the suave sleuth Philo Vance. (A year later, Powell would begin his long run as Nick Charles in “The Thin Man” series.) This is a classically-constructed, ingenious “locked room” puzzle: a ruthless man, hated by enough people to fill a phone book, is found dead in his almost hermetically-sealed library, and although the police call it a clear case of suicide, the debonair detective is convinced it’s murder. With his typical wit, charm and intelligence, he methodically questions the gallery of suspects (the chief one of whom is himself found murdered!), painstakingly reconstructs the very complex crime, and arrives at the deÂlightfully unexpected conclusion. Despite its inevitable need for lots of explanatory dialogue, the film has is dazzingly rapid paceÑwith almost breathless transitions between scenesÑand the kinds of exciting visuals one would expect from director Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY). One of the rare mysÂtery movies that manages to keep us baffled without ever concealing important cluesÑand because we haven’t been cheated, the revelation al the end is simultaneously surprising and satisfying. 74 minutes. Crime Mystery Suspense
940. MR. REEDER IN ROOM 13 (Mystery Of Room 13) (1938-England). With GIBB McLAUGHLIN. Based on a story by EDGAR WALLACE. He looks like an English gentleman, but he’s a tough crime fighter out to get the goods on a gang of counterfeiters. Stay with this one…it pays! 66 minutes.
879. THE HIGH COMMAND (1938-England). With LIONEL ATWILL, JAMES MASON. A British tale of honor, tradition and murder in the Colonial Service. Two murders, 16 years apart, are set against an outpost off the African coast. A jolly good mystery! 84 minutes.
887. SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON (The Secret Weapon) (1942-USA). With BASIL RATHBONE, NIGEL BRUCE, LIONEL ATWILL. Dr. Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes battle once again, this time for the sake of the British war effort! Based on “The Ten Dancing Men” by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE. 68 minutes.
917. PORT OF NEW YORK (1949-USA). With SCOTT BRADY, YUL BRYNNER, K.T. STEVENS. An excellent fiimed-in-New York narcotics caper. While the G-Men try to track down a shipment of dope, murders and a manhunt take place, with an action climax in the harbor! 82 minutes. Crime Mystery Suspense
92. BLACK DRAGONS (1942-USA). With BELA LUGOSI, CLAYTON MOORE. A combination horror-espionage opus. During the war, a gang of Japs use a Nazi plastic surgeon to become the doubles of America’s business leaders. The evil doctor then changes his mind and turns the Japanese into zombies! 60 minutes.
Iconic gumshoe Dick Tracy butts heads with Gruesome, a bank robber armed with a paralyzing nerve gas.
85. LADY IN THE DEATH HOUSE (1944-usa). With Jean Parker, Lionel Atwill, Marcia MAE JONES. Superb crime melodrama, proving that a “B-picture” meant low budget, certainly not low quality, in fact, there’s much more energy, style and ingenuity in this movie than in many big-budget efforts. Through an intriguingly intricate plot structure, including flashbacks within flashbacks, criminologist Lionel Atwill recounts the story of a woman who walked the last mile and courageously faced execution at the hands of none other than her own lover. The woman was convicted unjustly of murdering a vile blackmailer who had threatened to tell her boss that her father was a rackeÂteer. The criminologist and the woman’s boyfriend, a scientist who works as the state’s executioner (in order to further his research on reviving the dead!), try to find the real killer by assembling a complicated jigsaw puzzle of clues and circumstantial evidence. Time runs out, and she resigns herself to her execution; but the men wont give up, and the finale is an edge-of-the-seat, last-minute race to discover the truth and avert this miscarriage of justice. A model of concise, taut scriptwriting and direction, and a really entertaining piece of mystery and suspense. 57 minutes. Crime-Mystery-Suspense