[TONIGHT ON @TCM!] CRIME WAVE (1954)

 

 

A ferocious film noir, CRIME WAVE drops you square in the action, as three hoods (including a young Charles Bronson) rob a gas station and kill a cop in the process.

This sets Sterling Hayden on their trail, which is bad for them, and worse for poor Gene Nelson, an ex-con trying to go straight who is roped into the situation by both sides.

Aside from the period details, CRIME WAVE feels like it could have been filmed last week – André De Toth’s directorial style is almost frighteningly current.  Bert Glennon (STAGECOACH, RIO GRANDE) is the cinematographer.  This is an exciting, visually virtuosic film, a movie you’ll dig like crazy.

– Jon Abrams. 

 

Jon Abrams

Editor-In-Chief at Daily Grindhouse
Jon Abrams is a New York-based writer, cartoonist, and committed cinemaniac whose complete work and credits can be found at his site, Demon’s Resume. You can contact him on Twitter as @JonZilla___.
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