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Impact (1949) - Need A Hand? Steep acceleration here from nebulous ill-intent to vicious (though incompetent) murder attempt, fake brother-in-law Jim (Tony Barrett) contrived the flat tire en route from Sausalito to San Rafael (presumably via US-101, which looks a lot different today), in league with the wife (Irene) of auto exec Walt (Brian Donlevy), who gets victimized, leading to all kinds of trouble, in Impact, 1949.
Impact (1949) - Her Favorite Nephew Location shooting in Sausalito, CA, Tony Barrett as Jim (but going by “Jack”), involved in maybe-suspicious activities with Irene (Helen Walker), the wife of auto executive Walt (Brian Donlevy), who had driven from San Francisco planning to meet her, taking her bait-and-switch in stride, in the adventurous Noir Impact, 1949.
Impact (1949) - Buy Your Little Factories Dictionary opening from director Arthur Lubin, then Brian Donlevy as California auto executive Walt, whom one would not want to mess with, confronting his board (led by Clarence Kolb as Darcy) then gone soft on the phone with his wife (Helen Walker), in Impact, 1949.
Laura (1944) - I'm A Natural Born Suspect Betrothed Shelby (Vincent Price), whom we've just met, and snooty columnist friend Waldo (Clifton Webb) are composed as they visit, with cop McPherson (Dana Andrews), the home of the murdered title character (Gene Tierney), with the famous theme introduced, in Otto Preminger's Laura, 1944.
Laura (1944) - She Had Something About Her Beginning his debriefing of cop McPherson (Dana Andrews) about his relations with the victim, prissy columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) describes his first meeting with the murdered title character (Gene Tierney), her first appearance on screen, in Otto Preminger's Laura, 1944.
Laura (1944) - Sharecroppers, No Doubt Columnist Waldo (Clifton Webb) spying on the murdered title character (Gene Tierney) in flashback, resuming narration for cop McPherson (Dana Andrews), moving on to her first meeting with Shelby (Vincent Price), facilitated by cook Louise (Kathleen Howard), in Otto Preminger's Laura, 1944.
Call Northside 777 (1948) - He's A Cop Killer On location at the Wrigley building in Chicago, reporter McNeal (James Stewart) with washer-woman Tillie (Kasia Orzazewski) who's raised $5,000 to help exonerate her convict son, then with his editor Kelly (Lee J. Cobb), early in Henry Hathaway's Call Northside 777, 1948.
Call Northside 777 (1948) - Back Of The Yards Reporter McNeal (James Stewart) in a much-noted sequence shot in Chicago's rarely seen "Back Of The Yards" neighborhood, where he finally gets a tip from a boozy ex-pal (Jane Crowley) of a key witness, in Henry Hathaway's Call Northside 777, 1948.
Wife Takes A Flyer, The (1942) - Alien Legs Allyn Joslyn plays a comical Nazi in occupied Holland, whose girl-hunting brings him to the Woverman household, where he meets the butler (Erskine Sanford), and mother (Georgia Caine), and we meet leading man Franchot Tone, a downed British flyer, and finally leading lady Joan Bennett, early in MGM’s The Wife Takes A Flyer, 1942.
Wife Takes A Flyer, The (1942) - I Feel Like Gargantua The Nazi major (Allyn Joslyn) is taking over a Dutch household because he digs the soon-to-be-divorced daughter (Joan Bennett), while the butler (Erskine Sanford) is helping a fugitive Brit (Franchot Tone), who’s forced to improvise, Georgia Caine the clever mom, early in the MGM war-comedy The Wife Takes A Flyer, 1942.
Call Northside 777 (1948) - My Lawyer Was A Drunk First visit to the (real) Illinois prison in Statesville, reporter McNeal (James Stewart) takes the measure of the possibly innocent Wiecek (Richard Conte), who's already served eleven years, in Call Northside 777, 1948.
Call Northside 777 (1948) - Trouble With Being Innocent Still on location at the Statesville prison in Illinois, reporter McNeal (James Stewart), now crusading on behalf of another inmate, tries to get Zaleska (George Tyne), convicted for the same murder, to give up the name of his real accomplice, in Call Northside 777, 1948.

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