Act of Violence

Act of Violence

DVD - 2017
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Ex-GIs are on a collision course in a crisp tale directed by Fred Zinnemann in Act of Violence. In Mystery Street John Sturges helms a procedural whodunit in Boston environs.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD A
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 82 min. ; ca. 93 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,mono,Dolby 1.0
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Alternative Title: Mystery Street

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DUVIDL
Oct 15, 2018

Hey! ME TARZAN: I`m a little fartootsed! Are you 15-16 year old wooz trying to sound like a real macho stud; or a 50 year old, 'blank-shootin`' old coot trying to sound like a 'with-it' college jock? Just asking.

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Me_Tarzan
Apr 06, 2018

And, as the saying goes - "They sure don't make 'em like this anymore."... Nope. They sure don't.

If you enjoy watching intense, vintage, Hollywood Crime/Dramas (with a dash of "Noir" thrown into the mix for good measure) - Then - "Act Of Violence" (1948) and "Mystery Street" (1950) should be a real double-feature treat for you.

Both filmed in b&w - Whether it's being stalked by a "ghost-from-the-past" in L.A. - (or) - Being erroneously incriminated for the murder of a blonde bimbo in Boston - These 2 moldy-oldies not only featured believable stories, and a good cast of actors, but they also boasted some really great outdoor location shooting around the 2 American cities mentioned above, as well.

Believe me - I honestly don't think that you will be disappointed with this "thrill-of-a-double-bill".

michaeljohnson1979 Mar 28, 2014

The five stars are for Act of Violence. I would rank it up there with classics like Detour and Out of the Past.

Mystery Street is a run-of-the-mill police procedural. Billing it as a film noir is really a stretch.

theorbys Dec 31, 2012

VERY nice crime noirs. Act of Violence has a fine Mary Astor and Robert Ryan presents, as ever, his brooding, overpowering presence. Mystery Street has a young Ricardo Montalban in a police procedural with a very early forensic angle. The inimitable Elsa Lanchester plays a clichéd role, but as well as it can be done.

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Janice21383
Jun 02, 2011

Act of Violence: Better you should have Electra, Orestes and all the Furies after you, than Robert Ryan. Van Heflin is fine as the smug, small-town booster whose applecart is upset. Mary Astor has seen it all, done them all. Mystery Street: The story veers from drama to comedy and back again, but the classic noir direction and cinematography are stunning. Ricardo Montalban is a chipper, non-WASP detective. SPOILER: to the best of my knowledge, this is the first appearance of the remains of a fetus in a mainstream film. No, not in a gory way. The bones are like mysterious little seashells on a lonely beach.

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