He thinks someone murdered his dad, that suitor of mom is the cad To gather the proof he starts acting all goofy The rub is, he might just go mad
Strange Illusion (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945). Edgar G. Ulmer's low budget update of Hamlet stars Jimmy Lydon, film's Henry Aldrich. Lydon plays a jive-talking teen feigning insanity to investigate the murder of his father. His best lines are "What's mixin', vixin? Been missin' my kissin'?" Image source: Film Noir Photos; Lost in the Frame.
A femme fatale playing the field A flatfoot betraying his shield A short lover's spat, retort from a gat... The potter's field coffin was sealed
Lee J. Cobb is a cop gone wrong for no-good girl Jane Wyatt in The Man Who Cheated Himself (Felix Feist, 1950). That's right, I said Jane Wyatt as the femme fatale! She's said to be terribly miscast--and just plain terrible. John Dall is Cobb's brother who is also a straight arrow cop.
He takes a look under her hood and likes what he sees, as most would This bashful mechanic goes into a panic Too late he finds out she's no good
Mickey Rooney doesn't get what Dianne Foster sees in him in Drive a Crooked Road (Richard Quine, 1954), scripted by Blake Edwards. Rooney gives an uncharacteristically subdued and terrific performance in the film. Image source: Noir of the Week.
Commanding the Highway Patrol Chief Matthews is ready to roll He barks a "Ten-4!" puts pedal to floor... Some bad guys aren't paying their toll!
Beefy, gravel-voiced Broderick Crawford was Chief Dan Matthews on Highway Patrol from 1955 to 1959. The best part of the show came at the end of each episode. Tough guy Crawford would sit on a desk and address the viewers directly, asking them to tune in next week with a pithy warning about safety: "Until then, remember: leave blood at the Red Cross, not on the highway." Or: "The clowns at the circus are real funny. But on the highway, they're murder." Here's an earlier limerick on Crawford in Highway Patrol. Photo source: highwaypatoltv.com.