Public Domain Movies

A Life At Stake (1955)
Running Time: 78 mins Black & White
Starring: Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes, Douglass Dumbrille, Claudia Barrett, Gavin Gordon.
Building contractor finds out that his new investor requires him to take out a large life insurance policy. He's suspicious, but is unable to stay away from the investor's sexy wife. Screenplay and theme song written by Hank McCune. Dir. Paul Guilfoyle

Beat The Devil (1954)
Running Time: 89 mins Black & White
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre, Edward Underdown, Robert Morely, Bernard Lee.
Black comedy spy-spoof in which a group of con men try their best to swindle each other out of Uranium-rich land. A quartet of international crooks is stranded in Italy while their steamer is being repaired. With them are the Dannreuthers. The six are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but actually to buy land supposedly loaded with uranium. They are joined by others who apparently have similar designs. Written by Truman Capote. Dir. John Huston.

Big Combo (1955)
Running Time: 89 mins Black & White
Starring: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace
Persistent cop out to stop a cunning, sadistic racketeer.

Bodyguard (1982)

Japanese crime drama

Chained For Life (1951)
Black & White
Starring: Violet Hilton
A Siamese twin kills the husband who left her. The courts have to decide if she is convicted of murder, how can they punish her sister, who had nothing to do with the crime?

Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)
Starring: Franco Nero
One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public prosecutor try to prove that the architect in the city is in the mafia.

Cop In Blue Jeans (1978)
Starring: Jack Palance, Thomas Milian
A detective (Tomas Milian) goes undercover to bring justice to a crimelord (Jack Palance) accused of stealing $5 million.

Crime Boss (1972)
Running Time: 93 mins Color
Starring: Telly Savalas
Organized crime; Don Vincenzo leads the pack and his faced with a huge struggle.

D.O.A. (1949)
Running Time: 83 mins Black & White
Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland (as Beverly Campbell), Neville Brand.
A man given a lethal poison tries to find who did it and why before his death. Commonly known as the definitive "film noir". Garland's film debut. Directorial debut of Rudolph Mat?. Dir. Rudolph Mat?

Day of the Wolves (1973)
Starring: Richard Egan, Rick Jason, Martha Hyer
Gang tries to take over small town to rob its banks.

Dead Eyes of London (1961)
Black & White
Starring: Joachim Fuchsberger
Wealthy, heavily insured men are being murdered at an alarming rate. Scotland Yard investigates and finds clues that lead to a ring of blind men, led by a mysterious "reverend."

Death Scream (1975)
Running Time: 86 mins Color
Starring: Raul Julia, Ed Asner, Art Carney
A young woman is murdered in an alley. The crime is heard or seen by the residents of a nearby apartment building, but none of them did anything to help and they refuse to cooperate with the police during the investigation.

Dementia (1953)
Black & White

Whilst out on a rowboat with her husband, John, Louise Haloran kills him, and casts his body overboard, telling the family he left on an urgent business trip. Louise's main concern; she can only inherit part of his family fortune if he's still alive. The Halorans are a strange family; still grieving over the death of the youngest daughter, Kathleen who'd drowned in a pond when she was a young child. The family hold an annual ceremony of remembrance, on the anniversary of her death. But this year - with John recently deceased, someone is wielding an axe...intent on murder!

Edge of Fury (1958)
Black & White
Starring: Michael Higgins
A night of tension... a moment of madness... and now he is at the edge of fury.

Evil Eye (1975)
Starring: Jorge Rivero
People around Peter Crane begin dying in mysterious fashion. How is Playboy Peter involved in this? He begins having nightmares dealing with murder...His psychiatrist has no idea of what Peter is suffering from. Even the police are in danger as they start investigating the case. What is the secret of the "Magic Circle"?

Framed (Aka Trapped) (1931)
Running Time: 50 mins Black & White
Starring: Nick Stuart, Priscilla Dean, Nena Quartero, Reed Howes, Jimmy Aubrey.
Police captain falls in love with a nightclub singer who may be involved with a ring of bank robbers. Dir. Bruce Mitchell

Girl Hunters, The (1963)
Running Time: 103 mins Black & White
Starring: Mickey Spillane, Shirley Eaton, Lloyd Nolan, Hy Gardner, Scott Peters, Charles Farrell.
Author Spillane stars as his own creation Mike Hammer, who after wallowing in alcohol following the disappearance of his secretary, sobers up and goes into action after learning she may still be alive. From the novel by Mickey Spillane. Dir. Roy Rowland

God Told Me To (1976)
Running Time: 91 mins Color
Starring: Tony Lo Bianco, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Deborah Roffin, Richard Lynch
A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Godson, The (1971)
Running Time: 90 mins Color
Starring: Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon
An ambitious gangster (Jason Yukon) who oversees a brothel triggers a mob war when he muscles into the drug trade. Sleazy sexploitation. Damon Kebroyd, Orita De Chadwick, Don Garcia, Lois Mitchell. Directed by William Rotsler.

He Walked By Night (1948)
Running Time: 80 mins Black & White
Starring: Jack Webb
This film noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a young sociopathic killer. Jack Webb's first performance as an LA cop. Written by Crane Wilbur. Dir. Anthony Mann, Alfred L. Werker

Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Running Time: 71 mins Black & White
Starring: Edmond Obrien, Frank Lovejoy
Dir. Ida Lupino. Two young men on vacation of their dreams pick up a psychotic hitch-hiker. Taut and suspenseful thriller.

Hollow Triumph (1948)
Running Time: 83 mins Black & White
Starring: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Leslie Brooks, Eduard Franz, John Qualen, Mabel Paige.
Fugitive kills a respected psychiatrist whom he resembles, and assumes his identity, unaware that the doctor has a sinful past of his own. Produced by Paul Henreid. Dir. Steve Sekely

Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Running Time: 99 mins Black & White
Starring: John Payne
A tense, compact crime picture (not really a noir, but they're calling everything noir these days) about a man framed for a robbery he didn't commit, and how he goes after the bad guys at a Mexican resort. John Payne plays the put-upon leading role in his usual keyed up, hyper-virile node, and while I would not call him a charming actor, he was capable in the kind of modest tale. Coleen Gray is his love interest, and proficient in a thankless role. The trio of bad guys,--Neville Brand, Jack Elam and Lee Van Cleef--are as manna from heaven in this sort of film, and are, as always, fun to watch. Preston Foster's easygoing warmth is nicely utilized in a major role. His somewhat vague personality and amiable nature make him a more agreeable personality than the putative hero of John Payne. Phil Karlson directed the film with his trademark paranoid edge, and the high contrast black and white photography makes the movie if nothing else a pleasure to watch.

Kiss Me Kill Me (aka Killers Kiss) (1955)
Black & White
Starring: Frank Silvera
Prize-fighter Davy Gordon intervenes when private dancer Gloria Price is being attacked by her employer and lover Vincent Raphello. This brings the two together and they get involved with each other, which displeases Raphello. He sends men out to kill Davy, but they instead kill his friend. Gloria is soon kidnapped by Raphello and his men, and it is up to Davy to save her.

Las Vegas Lady (1975)
Starring: Stella Stevens
In Las Vegas, Lucky and two of her girlfriends, Carol and Lisa, plan to steal half a million dollars from the sadistic manager of the Circus Circus Casino. A shadowy man is their contact and organizer. Each of the women could be a weak link in a scheme that has to be flawless: Lucky's boyfriend is a security officer at the casino, Lisa is a trapeze artist who's now plagued with vertigo, and Carol is in debt to a nasty thug - plus, as a Black woman, she's subject to additional harassment. Can the gals pull off the heist, or is the plan, with it's mysterious organizer, too complicated to succeed?

Long Arm Of The Godfather, The (1972)
Starring: Adolfo Celi
A treacherous low-level mafioso greedily rips off a shipment of arms from his powerful godfather and tries to sell them to an especially dubious group of Arabs.

Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)
Black & White
Starring: Lee J. Cobb
Rich Lois Frazer, divorcing her fortune-hunter husband, finds he's bought a gun. Suspecting he plans to kill her, she calls in her lover, who just happens to be Homicide Lieutenant Ed Cullen. When Ed arrives, the gun gets used...and because of his relationship with Lois, Ed is compelled to compound a felony. The good news: Ed himself is assigned to the case. The bad news: Ed's hotshot younger brother Andy, a new- minted detective, is also on the case...and anxious to prove himself.

Midnight Cop (1988)
Running Time: 95 mins Color
Starring: Michael York, Morgan Fairchild
In this complicated police film, a police detective, who still grieves for the child he accidentally shot during a gun fight, finds distraction when a streetwalker approaches him and asks him to help her get out of the dark world in which she is hopelessly mired. Soon the cop finds himself involved with extortion, drugs and a serial killer.

Naked Kiss, The (1964)
Black & White
Starring: Constance Towers
Kelly, a prostitute, finds redemption in the town of Grantville, where she arrives working as a medium-time seller. There, she meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she spends a romantic afternoon. The woman, traumatized by an experience in the past called "The Naked Kiss" by psychiatrists, finally, finds a job as a nurser in a Hospital for handicapped children, experience that allows her to find a sensitive side in caring and patiently love each one of her little patients. Apparently, Kelly will find happiness in Grant, her fianc? and Griff's partner, but she will be the witness of a shocking event that will threaten this happiness and even her mental health.

On The Run (1983)
Running Time: 101 mins Color
Starring: Rod Taylor, Paul Winfield
Something is chasing Philip, something unseen, unspeakable, inescapable, never letting go, from the sands of Port Melbourne to the darkest corridors of the old Architecture Building… drastic measures will be necessary. Starring Philip Goad, Simon D’Orsogna and Jennie Davis.

Pitfall (1948)
Running Time: 88 mins Black & White
Starring: Dick Powell, Jane Wyatt, Lizabeth Scott, Raymond Burr
John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona Stevens. Her boyfriend has embezzled from a store insured by Forbes' company and has showered her with gifts using the loot. Forbes comes to collect the ill-gotten gifts, but the boyfriend is in jail, and Forbes falls hard for Mona and begins an affair. The only problem is that MacDonald, a private dick who freelances for the insurance company, has had his eyes on Mona first. The obsessed MacDonald turns the soon-to-be-released boyfriend against Forbes.

Please Murder Me (1956)
Black & White
Starring: Angela Lansbury
A lawyer wins an acquittal for his client, a woman accused of murder. After the verdict, he finds out that she indeed did commit the murder and manipulated him to win her acquittal. Guilt-ridden, and knowing that she can't be tried again for the murder, he devises a plan to bring her to justice.

Portland Expose (1957)
Black & White
Starring: Edward Binns
A tavern owner in Portland, Oregon gets involved in a struggle for power between two gangs attempting to control the unions. When his young daughter is attacked by one of the gangsters, he joins the faction fighting against the syndicate and gets important evidence via a tape recorder. He is discovered and he and his daughter are threatened but honest union men, come to his aid.

Ransom Money (1970)
Running Time: 84 mins Color
Starring: Broderick Crawford
A detective uses electronics to rescue a boy held for $1 million by a kidnapper.

Red House (1947)
Running Time: 100 mins Black & White
Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Allene Roberts, Rory Calhoun, Judith Anderson, Julie London.
Crippled farmer must prevent his daughter and her boyfriend from finding out the truth about the mysterious red house that sits on his property. Written by Delmer Daves, from the novel by George Agnew Chamberlain. Produced by Sol Lesser. Dir. Delmer Daves

Rififi (1954)
Black & White
Suspenseful story of a fantastic jewel robbery which is successful, but the four thieves betray each other.

Scarlet Street (1945)
Running Time: 95 mins Black & White
Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea.
Mild-mannered cashier becomes an embezzler when he meets a manipulative woman.

Someone Behind The Door (1971)
Running Time: 97 mins Color
Starring: Charles Bronson, Anthony Perkins
A neurosurgeon with a cheating wife takes an amnesiac into his home and conditions him to believe that the cheating wife is his own and to take the "appropriate" action. Neat little suspense thriller.

Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)
Running Time: 117 mins Black & White
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas, Judith Anderson.
Woman is bound to her husband by a crime she had commited long ago. Dir. Lewis Milestone.

Suddenly (1954)
Running Time: 76 mins Black & White
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden
Sinatra delivers a compelling performance as a psycho killer organizing a plan to assassinate the President. Excellent, quickly paced crime drama.

They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968)
Starring: Gary Lockwood
A Las Vegas casino blackjack dealer plots a complex plan to rob an armored car with $7 million in casino cash while it's en route to Los Angeles. He gets help from criminal associates of his late brother, who was killed in an unsuccessful robbery attempt, as well as his beautiful girlfriend, who is the personal secretary to the corrupt owner of the casino. However, an ambitions investigator for the U.S. Treasury Department is also tracking the armored car, suspecting that it's being used to launder unreported profits for organized crime.

Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)
Black & White
Starring: Dawn Addams
Wiesbaden. La polizia criminale ? in allarme per una serie di delitti misteriosi che hanno come punto in comune l'albergo Luxor. L'opinione pubblica vede negli avvenimenti la mano dello scomparso dottor Mabuse. Il commissario Kras indaga sullo strano omicidio, avvenuto con un ago di acciaio, del telecronista Barter (fatto denunciato dal cieco chiaroveggente Cornelius) e, durante l'inchiesta, scopre che il defunto aveva appena lasciato l'appartamento occupato al Luxor da Marion Menil, che tenta il suicidio lanciandosi dal cornicione dell'albergo, ma viene tratta in salvo dal suo vicino di camera, il miliardario Americano Travers. In seguito il poliziotto invita alcune persone, tra cui Marion, Cornelius e l'assicuratore Mistelweig, a chiamarlo al telefono ad una certa ora; ma il telefono esplode ed uccide un agente. Alla fine, dopo altre efferati omicidi...

Touch of Evil (1958)
Running Time: 95 mins Black & White
Starring: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Trapped (1949)
Running Time: 78 mins Black & White
Starring: John Hoyt, Lloyd Bridges, James Todd, Barbara Payton, Russ Conway, Burt Conway, Lyle Latell.
Counterfeiter gets out of jail early when he agrees to help the Secret Service round up a gang that's using his old plates. Dir. Richard Fleischer

Wild Ride, The (1960)
Black & White
Starring: Jack Nicholson
A rebellious punk of the beat generation spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking. He eventually kidnaps his buddy's girlfriend, kills a few police officers and finally sees his own life end in tragedy.

Wipeout (1973)
Running Time: 100 mins Color
Starring: Richard Conte, Henry Silva
In this violent Italian crime drama, a Mafia capo hires an assassin to slay his rivals. The louse then plots to turn the hit-man in to the cops.

Woman On The Run (1950)
Running Time: 77 mins Black & White
Starring: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith.
An artist goes into hiding after witnessing a mob murder, leaving his wife open to attack by the killer. Written by Norman Foster. Dir. Norman Foster.

Woman on the Run (1950)
Running Time: 77 mins Black & White
Starring: Ann Sheridan
Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott), sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith), on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank's wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett (Dennis O'Keefe), Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor.