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  • Scandal Sheet

    Scandal Sheet

    ★★★

    Samuel Fuller’s 1944 novel THE DARK PAGE is the origin of this Columbia newspaper drama, though he had nothing to do with the film. John Derek is a sleazebag newspaperman who misrepresents himself as a cop to grill a distraught murder witness for lurid details that are barely fit to print. Broderick Crawford (Derek’s ALL THE KING’S MEN co-star) is great as a fast-talking editor who saves a formerly respectable newspaper from bankruptcy by transforming it into a repository for…

  • Shockproof

    Shockproof

    ★★★

    Written by Samuel Fuller as THE LOVERS, Columbia’s entertaining crime meller SHOCKPROOF was a financial disappointment for the studio and a creative one for its original screenwriter (Helen Deutsch, later an Oscar nominee for LILI, penned the rewrites). Soon afterward, Fuller directed his first movie, I SHOT JESSE JAMES, released a month after SHOCKPROOF in 1949, in part to protect his screenplay.

    Douglas Sirk, better known for dramas and romantic pictures (his last feature, IMITATION OF LIFE, came out in…

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  • Action U.S.A.

    Action U.S.A.

    ★★★★½

    Only watch this if you love car chases, car jumps, car explosions, car smashes, and burning men.

  • Invasion of the Star Creatures

    Invasion of the Star Creatures

    ½

    Goddamn this wretched science fiction comedy created by a pair of Roger Corman actors. Jonathan Haze, the star of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, wrote the story and screenplay, which was originally titled MONSTERS FROM NICHOLSON MESA as a tribute to AIP head honcho James H. Nicholson. Bruno ve Sota, whose Corman credits include A BUCKET OF BLOOD and THE WASP WOMAN, directed the film, his third and last as a director. INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES is worse than any…