Below the Deadline (1946)

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A veteran, Joe Hilton (Warren Douglas), returns from the war to find that his brother Jeffrey Hilton (George Meeker), a gangster, has been killed. His quest for revenge leads him to take ... See full summary »

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  • Ramsay Ames in Below the Deadline (1946)
  • Warren Douglas in Below the Deadline (1946)
  • Ramsay Ames and Warren Douglas in Below the Deadline (1946)
  • Ramsay Ames and Bruce Edwards in Below the Deadline (1946)
  • Ramsay Ames in Below the Deadline (1946)
  • Ramsay Ames and Warren Douglas in Below the Deadline (1946)

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20 January 2015 | LeonLouisRicci
| B-Movie Director William Beaudine in Fine Form with Borderline Film-Noir
The More You Watch the Films of B-Movie Director William "One Shot" Beaudine the More You Appreciate the Man's Efficient Style and Flare. In this Monogram Quickie with Film-Noir Overtones there can be Found Noir Lighting Pattern Flourishes and Hard-Knuckle Fisticuffs.

Also, the Nightclub Scenes are Effective and Somewhat Sleazy, as is the Gaming Racket and Gang Rivalry that Keeps the Thing on the Edge. It is a Bit too Conventional in its Rap Up to be Pure Noir, it Nevertheless Engages Throughout its 65 Minute Running Time with Nods to Income Tax and Politics.

The Look is B-Movie Great and the Cynical Protagonist Returning from the War Where He was a Pilot Gives Free-Rein for the Script Writer to Banter with Wartime-Jargon that is a Hoot. For Example a Bar is Referred to as a "Fuel Dump" and Leaving a Lover is Called "Bailing Out".

Beyond Competent the Movie Rises to Must See Status for Fans of Film-Noir, B-Movies, WWII Aficionados, as Well as Those Looking for Some Mid-Forties Thrills on the Cheap.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


Release Date:

3 August 1946



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