|COUNTERPLOT (director: Kurt Neumann; screenwriter: Richard Blake; cinematographer: Karl Struss; editor: Jodie Copelan; music: Paul Sawtell/Bert Shefter; cast: Forrest Tucker (Brock Miller), Jackie Wayne (Manuel), Allison Hayes (Connie Lane), Gerald Milton (Fritz Bergmann), Richard Verney (Ben Murdock), Miguel Angel Alvarez (Spargo), Ulysses Brenes (David Nibley), Charlie Gibbs (Steve MacGregor), Edmundo Rivera Alvarez (Alfred); Runtime: 77; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Kurt Neumann; MGM; 1959)|
minor B-film crime drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
A predictable minor
B-film crime drama adequately directed by the
workaholic German-born Kurt Neumann ("The
Fly"/"The Deerslayer"/"Cattle Drive"). Though written
in a convoluted way by Richard Blake, it builds to a
surly Brock Miller (Forrest Tucker)
flees NYC for San Juan, Puerto Rico, the scene of a
murder he was framed for, in order to clear his name.
The vic is New York importer and gambler
David Nibley (Ulysses Brenes),
whose business partner Ben Murdock (Richard
Verney) recently insured Nibley for a
$200,000 life policy--with him the recipient of
the policy in case of death.
hiding in an abandoned beach house, the local shoeshine
boy, Manuel (Jackie Wayne), who idolizes Brock,
looks out for him. Meanwhile Brock's nightclub singer
girlfriend Connie (Allison Hayes) arranges to get a
gig in a local San Juan club, hoping to be with her
man in his time of need. Manuel is jealous of Connie
and fails to tell Brock of her arrival or Connie where
her boyfriend is hiding out. Nevertheless they unite
when Brock finds out on the radio that she's at the
local club and his shady lawyer pal Fritz
Bergmann (Gerald Milton), who
lives in San Juan, arranges for the lovebirds to meet
in his house.
sets out to prove his innocence by setting a trap for
the real killer, as he convinces Bergmann
it would be profitable for the mouthpiece to get Ben
to come to San Juan by telling him that Brock has
something to reveal about the murder he should know.
The insurance agent MacGregor (Charlie
Gibbs) is informed of Brock's plan and
agrees to go along with it. It seems the
insurance company will not pay off unless there's a
conviction of anyone but Ben, and is hopeful of not
paying off by trapping Ben. It leads to a bloody
conclusion, as the truth comes out and the real killer
gets gunned down.
Unfortunately this standard crime drama was Neumann's last film, he died within a year at the age of fifty-two.
REVIEWED ON 11/15/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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