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Eye candy for LA history buffs
Not the greatest film - the acting is a little on the melodramatic side and the story is trite, but where this film excels is in its visual representation of Los Angeles. The film features lots of location filming that helps document the way the city looked in the early 1950's. You'll enjoy picking out the familiar and not so familiar landmarks. I just wish this one was released on DVD or Blu-Ray so it could be paused to examine the details more closely! DVR it if you can.PS: Crime Wave was directed by Andre de Toth who also directed Warner Bros.' seminal 3D motion picture "House Of Wax" which starred Phyllis Kirk as well.
Production Code AWOL in this one
- John Barry
Phyllis Kirk and Gene Nelson in the same bed, in 1953. Where were the PC bluenoses? Probably too busy watching porn.
I never liked Sterling Hayden. He, like Robert Ryan, always played an angry cop, angry soldier or just a mean so-and-so. It's no different here. He is a mean cop convinced Gene Nelson, an ex-con on probation, is guilty and still running with a gang committing robbery. I don't know what Phyllis Kirk is doing in this film, except for the eye-candy necessary in a film noir. The appearance of a baby-faced Charles Bronson, one of the gang members, is a surprise and he is very good in this film. I like "Crime Wave" but it's not a favorite. There are better noir films out there.
**** I like this one alot. First time I saw this one. Always like anything Sterling Hayden is in. This one keeps me on my seat the whole time. Yes, I would see this one again and again.
Crime Wave-Excellent 50's Noir
- Bruce Reber
I saw "Crime Wave" (Warner Bros. 1954) on TCM Sunday night 7/8/12, and it's a neat, compact and somewhat obscure Film Noir, not as well known as others of the genre. Sterling Hayden plays a tough L.A. cop who's trying to persuade an ex-con (Gene Nelson) to give up some info about some of his prison buds who are planning a bank heist. This is Hayden a decade before he played the lunatic commie-hating General Jack Ripper in the classic doomsday comedy "Dr. Strangelove". Nelson is probably most famous for his singing and dancing in WB musicals during the 40's and 50's, and "Crime Wave" was his first dramatic role. He also went on to become a director in the 60's, directing the 1964 Hank Williams biopic "Your Cheatin' Heart". Director Andre de Toth, producer Bryan Foy, Phyllis Kirk and Charles Buchinsky (just before he changed his last name to Bronson) had teamed a year before "Crime Wave" in the classic thriller "House of Wax". BTW TCM, could you please bring back Darkness After Dawn. It used to air on Saturday mornings and spotlighted all of the great Film Noirs. I and many other Noir fans would really appreciate it!