SHADOW ON THE WALL
1950, Warner Bros. , 84 min, Dir: Patrick Jackson

A young girl (Gigi Perreau) witnesses the murder of her stepmother, but represses all memory of it. Her father is charged and faces the hot seat. Her doctor tries to coax out the truth. The culprit wants to wipe out her memory forever. A stunning character shift for Ann Sothern, beloved star of MGM’s popular MAISIE film series, highlights this suspenseful adaptation of “Death in the Doll’s House.” British documentarian Pat Jackson was clearly liberated by noir’s expressionistic flourishes, concocting an overlooked gem. Co-starring Zachary Scott, Nancy (Davis) Reagan and Kristine Miller.


FLAXY MARTIN
1949, Warner Bros., 86 min, Dir: Richard L. Bare

The double-crosses and plot twists pile up after nightclub singer Virginia Mayo frames lawyer Zachary Scott for mob boss Douglas Kennedy. A librarian (Dorothy Malone) and a knife-wielding thug (Elisha Cook, Jr.) provide additional diversions in this breakneck crime melodrama that is peopled with a plethora of familiar faces.


THE UNFAITHFUL
1947, Warner Bros., 109 min, USA, Dir: Vincent Sherman

Ann Sheridan plays a woman whose sexual indiscretion leads to murder and a tangled web of deceit. Isn’t that always the way? Legendary noir scribe David Goodis applies his typically thorny plotting to this reimagining of W. Somerset Maugham’s The Letter, transposed to post-WWII Los Angeles. Featuring Zachary Scott, Lew Ayres and Eve Arden.


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