Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The 7th Commandment (1961)

Director: Irvin Berwick

Writers: Irvin Berwick, Jack Kevan

Composer: ???

Starring: Jonathan Kidd, Lyn Statten, John Harmon, Frank Arvidson, Wendy Berwick, Wayne Berwick, Johnny Carpenter, Patrick Cranshaw, Jack Herman, Charles Herbert

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You Be The Judge!

Plot: A man and his girlfriend driving in their car have an accident. The man gets amnesia and wanders away from the accident. He is taken in by a traveling preacher, and several years later returns to his hometown as the Rev. Tad Morgan, still unaware of his previous life there. His girlfriend, who was injured in the accident and is now an ex-convict living with her crook boyfriend in a sleazy apartment, decides to take her revenge on the now-respectable preacher.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Probably.

Does this broad look like bad news to you?

Yep, she sure is alright.  But she's also got a damn good reason to want revenge and you can't fault her for that.  Nope.  This is the third film I've seen in the excellent Something Weird Video DVD set called 'Weird-Noir' and I'm loving it.  The performances are good, the dialogue and so on but it's the story that sells it the most.  It's also about an hour and twenty minutes which helps but the situations these people are in get crazy.  Ted/Tad (Kidd) and his ordeal with Terry (Statten) get off the charts with the lengths she goes through to get what she wants.  Then there's her asshole, woman-beatin' man, Pete (ruthlessly played by John Harmon).  The ending is great, too, as each of them...well, you have to see it yourself.  Seriously, if you dig film noir, you should drop the ten bucks or whatever and get this set of six films.  It's totally worth it.

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