Warner Bros. Archive Collection adds three new titles to its film noir series, the best of which is “Scene of the Crime” (1949), with Van Johnson cast in the role of a hard-
Not so. Van acquits himself impressively as Mike Conovan, a hard-nosed cop who’s torn between his badge and his beautiful bride (Arlene Dahl), who wants him to change careers before he becomes a bullet-riddled corpse. Directed by Roy Rowland (“Our Vines Have Tender Grapes”) from a script by Charles Schnee (“Red River”), the solid supporting cast features Gloria DeHaven, John McIntire and Alfred Hitchcock regular Norman Lloyd, who’s particularly good as a sleazy stool pigeon named “Sleeper.”
Connors’ performance as “Mink” Reynolds, a hip-talking, finger-snapping, benny-popping trucker is worth watching if one is seeking a classroom example of truly bad, over-the-top acting. Otherwise, this Allied Artists cheapie from director Joseph Newman (“This Island Earth”) is a typical ’50s-style anti-drug message movie with nary a touch of noir artfulness.
— Gene Triplett
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