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Touch of Evil (21-May-1958)

Director: Orson Welles

Writer: Orson Welles

From novel: Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson

Music: Henry Mancini

Producer: Albert Zugsmith

Keywords: Crime, Film Noir, Bad Cops, Motorcycle Gang, Mexico, Marijuana, Explosions

A car bomb kills businessman Rudy Linneker in the border town of Los Robles, after it crosses to the American side. An American police captain must cooperate with his Mexican counterpart, not without tensions; the Grandi crime family, likely culprits to the bombing, apply pressure to stop investigations. Beautiful camerawork and lighting, somewhat muddled plot. Opening sequence is absolute brilliance. Entered 1993 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Joseph Calleia
4-Aug-1897 31-Oct-1975 Touch of Evil
Ray Collins
10-Dec-1889 11-Jul-1965 Lt. Tragg on Perry Mason
Marlene Dietrich
27-Dec-1901 6-May-1992 The Blue Angel
Zsa Zsa Gabor
6-Feb-1917   Cop-slapping Gabor sister
Charlton Heston
4-Oct-1923 5-Apr-2008 The Ten Commandments
Joi Lansing
6-Apr-1929 7-Aug-1972 Gladys Flatt on The Beverly Hillbillies
Janet Leigh
6-Jul-1927 4-Oct-2004 Psycho
Joanna Moore
10-Nov-1934 22-Nov-1997 Walk on the Wild Side
Akim Tamiroff
29-Oct-1899 17-Sep-1972 For Whom the Bell Tolls
Dennis Weaver
4-Jun-1924 24-Feb-2006 Sam McCloud in McCloud
Orson Welles
6-May-1915 10-Oct-1985 Citizen Kane


Charlton Heston   ...   Ramon Miguel Vargas (policeman "Mike")
Janet Leigh   ...   Susan Vargas (Mike's bride)
Orson Welles   ...   Hank Quinlan (Police Captain)
Joseph Calleia   ...   Pete Menzies (Sergeant)
Akim Tamiroff   ...   Uncle Joe Grandi (Crime Boss)
Joanna Moore   ...   Marcia Linnekar
Ray Collins   ...   Adair (District Attorney)
Dennis Weaver   ...   Motel Clerk
Valentin De Vargas   ...   Pancho (Hood)
Mort Mills   ...   Schwartz (D.A. Assistant)
Victor Millan   ...   Manuelo Sanchez
Lalo Rios   ...   Risto
Michael Sargent   ...   "Pretty Boy"
Phil Harvey   ...   Blaine
Joi Lansing   ...   Blonde
Harry Shannon   ...   Gould (Chief)
And Guest Stars
Marlene Dietrich   ...   Tanya
Zsa Zsa Gabor   ...   Club Owner


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