A Bullet for Joey (Bilingual) [Import]
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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 10-JUL-2007
Media Type: DVD
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The story finds a gang of origin unknown,after the brains of a professor working on secret project involving,the soup de jour of the cold war 50s,the A-Bomb.The location funny enough is not New Mexico but Montreal.The gang plans to kidnap the professor and sail him away to an unspecified foreign government,and they employ the efforts of a well known U.S.gangster(Raft)in doing that.Raft calls up three of his best men from the old days along with an old flame from Cuba.Her job is to put the hussle on the professor and lure him into their clutches.Things start off well as one of Raft's boys pretends to fall in love with the prof's secretary,but after she spills the beans on what kind of work the prof's working on and its' location,she winds up dead in a field.Things start to slowly unravel after this.He goes back to L.A.while Raft,in his absence,finds out about his deed.Raft makes sure he never sees the next sunrise again.
Robinson is the local Inspector for the Montreal detachment of the RCMP and he has been working on the case,unbeknownst to him,from the start,after a fellow RCMP officer was killed early on in the film.The same gang that killed the cop are also involved with the planned kidnapping.Robinson's leads get he and an associate kidnapped and taken aboard a ship the gang has paid for.Read more ›
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The film takes place in Montreal during the "cold war", and "the other side" wants to kidnap a brilliant scientist and the details of a top-secret project he is working on. Their agent, who poses as a book-seller ( ruthless Peter Van Eyck ), hires an American gangster ( tough, no-nonsense George Raft )--exiled to Portugal--to come to Montreal, reassemble his old gang and grab the scientist. As this plan takes shape, a couple of related murders get the attention of an RCMP inspector ( a cerebral Edward G. Robinson ). Can the inspector foil the plot and save the scientist before he is whisked off somewhere behind the Iron Curtain ?
As I have indicated, this is not a very good film, but Messrs. Raft and Robinson still have a formidable presence. George Raft is perfect as a guy you really don't want to cross ! On the other hand, I agree that the great Edward G. Robinson is wasted here--this role couldn't have been much of a challenge for him, and it could have been played by any competent, journeyman actor. There is another reason to sit through this movie--Audrey Totter. As Mr. Raft's ex-girlfriend who is "recruited" to charm the scientist, Ms. Totter gives us another rivetting performance that has made her one of film noirs' best "femmes fatales".
I have yet to see a truly complete definition of "film noir" and I am certainly no expert. I suspect, however, that "A Bullet For Joey"s status as film noir could be open to debate.
The disc has a decent full-frame, black and white picture, and mono sound.
On the cover of the DVD is a terrific representation of Robinson, Raft and Totter, and all three are very watchable. However, on the back I see words like "pulls out all the stops for excitement and edge-of-your-seat suspense"--"explosive"--"breathtaking"--"pulse-pounding"--"crackling"--"rapid-fire"--"action-packed". If you swallow all this hype, I have some "Ocean-Front Property in Arizona" that you might be interested in !
Apart from the stars, this one is disappointingly routine.
The story begins in Montreal Canada. A man takes pictures surreptitiously. A Mountie is suspicious, but the hurdy-gurdy man gets away. Elsewhere in Lisbon Raphael Garcia buys a drink for Joe Victor. He has a job for him: kidnap a man for $100,000. Doctor Macklin visits the inspector to tell about that organ grinder. Joe Victor arrives in Canada as a new immigrant. They develop a plan to get close to Macklin. Joe calls his boys. Joyce is recruited. They try to identify that organ grinder. But its too late. One man photographs people leaving an electronics plant. One of the gang, Jack Allen, romances a secretary, Yvonne. Joyce's job is to get close to Macklin. She takes up golf, and lets Macklin advise her. Macklin then teaches her chess at his place. Yvonne's sister complains about her; Joyce hears about this. Yvonne figures out what Jack is up to, and breaks up with him. But she won't tell anyone.
Jack Allen asks for his money so he can return to Los Angeles. Inspector LeDuc notices that three murders involved Macklin. A murder creates a search for a light blue convertible; they get the fingerprints and find a match. Joyce gets closer to Macklin. Macklin is told about his secretary's murder. Victor knows how to handle this problem efficiently. The list of long-distance calls to Los Angeles provides a list of suspects. They also find a list of recent immigrants from Lisbon. [Note the technique used to follow a suspect in a car.] The crooks spot a telephone repairman, and are warned. Squirrels chewing on the lines again? LeDuc asks Macklin about Joyce, an American. Macklin visits Joyce's house and gets a glass of sherry. Joyce discovers what is happening, and gets a surprise.
Eric Hartmann takes both Macklin and Joyce to a freighter. A radio transmitter is used to track a truck. This truck is brought to a harbor and loaded onto a freighter. LeDuc tries to call headquarters but his signal dies out. What will Victor do next? Has he got the money? LeDuc and Hartmann have a discussion about this operation. Hartmann works on principle. Is he a master of deception? LeDuc asks Victor to do something decent for once. A distress signal is fired to warn the River Patrol. Eric walks Macklin out the door. Victor meets him and they converse loudly. There will be a happy ending for the good guys.
This is an interesting mixture of gangsters and spies that provide a mystery. It seems like a documentary in showing the techniques used in investigations and undercover operations.
1955~ the height of the RED SCARE ERA~ Joey Victor (GEORGE RAFT)has been DEPORTED by the FBI /USA to live in LISBON for his CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. He is hired by a mysterious EAST GERMAN man to kidnap a man living in Canada. Joe jumps at the chance soon rounds up the old GANG...including "man bait"...Audrey Trotter who is blackmailed to help. The fun here is watching Trotter who is the honey to the male scientist BEE. The Bodies pile up as the crime starts~ when an organ grinder complete with monkey ends up DEAD...Canadian Police Inspector Leduc (EDWARD G. ROBINSON)"ties" the death to the Atomic Physicist. When one of the GANG "woos" the homely secretary of the scientist for secret info. SHE also is found DEAD and buried along the road. As the bodies all are connected to the scientist, JOEY (RAFT) starts the 'final phase' of the plan to kidnap the scientist. When Leduc, Joey, Totter, the Scientist and the head of the Commy Spies end up on the Freighter headed for Russia...Joey finally has a choice. Choose right for America which he misses or go for the dough. VERY well done movie. Trotter still looks good and in this one has a conscience...LOL....This is a 4 STAR movie~ copy is good, plot is very good and the mystery noir spy thrilled has us glued to the very end.
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