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Dillinger (1945)
Topic Started: Oct 1 2016, 06:30 AM (127 Views)
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Dillinger (1945) Dir. Max Nosseck

After a brief newsreel of highlights of John Dillinger's notorious career, his father takes the vaudeville stage to tell the audience of the short, brutal criminal life of one of America's most notorious gangsters.

A very good low-budget, short (69 min.) Monogram B movie that probably isn't a realistic retrospective of Dillinger's career, but what th' heck, it's only a movie. Lawrence Tierney in is first starring role, and he appears to have been a big an asshole in real life as he generally played on screen. Edmund Lowe, Eduardo Ciannelli, Marc Lawrence and Elisha Cook, Jr. are his mob; Anne Jeffreys is the lady friend who dons a red dress to go see Manhattan Melodrama with him at the Biograph.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Dillinger has a toothache.
Miss Jeffreys: "You should see a dentist."
Mr. Lawrence: "Yeah, but you gotta find one you can TRUST."
Mr. Ciannelli: "You can't trust ANY of them. Once you open your mouth, you're THROUGH!"

Some nice action sequences and shoot-outs (some lifted from earlier pictures) and they don't even TRY and make you think it's the actual late '20s or early '30s (the first film Dillinger sees in this movie is Legion of Vanishing Men, a Monogram movie released years after Dillinger's death) but heck, it's low-budget. Tierney and the cast are terrific and the film holds up very well.

We augmented our viewing enjoyment with a Tex Avery cartoon, One Ham's Family, that was very, very funny, and the trailer for our next noir, The Narrow Margin.
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With Marc Lawrence & Elisha Cook, how could it be bad?
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