Monday, January 28, 2013

THE BAD MAN (1941)

 THE BAD MAN, released in 1941 by MGM Pictures, directed by Richard Thorpe, stars Ronald Reagan, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Chill Wills, Henry Travers, Chris-Pin Martin, and Nydia Westman. A ranch owner in Mexico is overjoyed to discover that his childhood sweetheart has returned to town but is dismayed by her marriage to a Manhattan businessman.


BENEATH THE 12 MILE REEF, released in 1953 by 20th Century Fox Pictures, directed by Robert D. Webb, stars Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Gilbert Roland, Peter Graves, Richard Boone, Jay Novello, J. Carrol Naish, and Jacques Aubuchon. After a Greek father and son team diving for sponges are robbed, they decide to take their crew to the dangerous 12-mile reef to dive for more sponges.


THE BANK DICK, released in 1940 by Universal Pictures, directed by Edward F. Cline, stars W.C. Fields, Una Merkel, Shemp Howard, Cora Witherspoon, and Grady Sutton. When a fleeing bank robber is knocked cold after tripping over the park bench where Egbert Souse is sitting, he is hailed a hero and offered the job of bank guard.


BACKLASH, released in 1956 by Universal International Pictures, directed by John Sturges, stars Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, John McIntire, Harry Morgan, Roy Roberts, Barton MacLane, Edward Platt, and William Campbell. A cowboy hopes to prove that his down-and-out father was not involved in a gold robbery. To prove this, he has to find the money, which is the goal of the widow of one of the thieves.


 CRISS CROSS, released in 1949 by Universal Pictures, directed by Robert Siodmak, stars Burt Lancaster, Yvonne de Carlo, Dan Duryea, Percy Helton, Stephen McNally, Richard Long, Raymond Burr, and Tony Curtis in his film debut. A young man returns to Los Angeles and resumes an affair with his ex-wife who soon marries a local gangster. The man plans the heist of an armored car he drives, expecting to double-cross the gangster and escape with his ex-wife to begin a new life in another city.