Touch of Evil 1958 Three Cases of Murder 1955 Orson Welles
Touch of Evil (co-starring alongside Charlton Heston) is “The Strangest Vengeance Ever Planned!“. Three Cases of Murder shows 3 really solid and remarkably modern tales. Both feature the gifted Orson Welles.
Touch of Evil (1958)
Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh
Director: Orson Welles
Run time: 110 minutes
Color: Black and White
Rating: PG-13 for some violence and drug content
Tagline: The Strangest Vengeance Ever Planned!
Mexican Narcotics officer Ramon Miguel ‘Mike’ Vargas has to interrupt his honeymoon because an American building contractor is killed on the US side of the border. Someone placed a bomb in his car on the Mexican side of the border. Vargas must delay his return to Mexico City where he has been mounting a case against the Grandi family crime and narcotics syndicate.
Police Captain Hank Quinlan is in charge on the US side and he soon has a suspect, a Mexican named Manolo Sanchez. Vargas is soon onto Quinlan and his Sergeant, Pete Menzies, when he catches them planting evidence to convict Sanchez. With his new American wife, Susie, safely tucked away in a hotel on the US side of the border – or so he thinks – he starts to review Quinlan’s earlier cases. While concentrating on the corrupt policeman, the Grandis have their own plans for Vargas and they start with his wife Susie. Includes the original movie trailer.
Video Sample From Touch of Evil
Three Cases of Murder (1955)
Stars: Orson Welles, John Gregson, Elizabeth Sellars
Director: David Eady
Run time: 96 minutes
Color: Black and White
Tagline: THREE OF THE GREATEST MYSTERIES BY THREE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST WRITERS! (all caps on lobby card)
Three stories of murder and the supernatural.
- A museum worker is introduced to a world behind pictures he sees every day.
- Two lifelong friends fall in love with the same woman. They become obvious suspects when she is killed. Is their friendship strong enough for them to alibi each other?
- A young politician is hurt by arrogant Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Lord Mountdrago. The secretary uses Mountdrago’s dreams to get revenge.
The final story offers the best of the three with a fine performance from Orson Welles as the pompous Lord Mandrago. The film culminates in a genuinely chilling ending.
Video Sample From Three Cases of Murder
In addition to Touch of Evil/Three Cases of Murder, you may also enjoy Orson Welles in Man In The Shadow (1957), a western-style movie where he co-stars with Jeff Chandler.
The DVD’s in this set arrive on professional-grade DVD-R disks. The DVD’s come in a slim 2-disk DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the images. Made in the USA, not foreign-made or mass produced.
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