|SECRETS OF A COED (director: Joseph H. Lewis; screenwriter: story by George Wallace Sayre/George Wallace Sayre; cinematographer: Robert E. Cline; editor: Charles Henkel Jr. ; cast: Otto Kruger (James Reynolds), Tina Thayer (Brenda Reynolds), Russell Hoyt (Bill), Rick Vallin (Nick Jordan), Marcia Mae Jones (Laura Wright), Patricia Knox (Flo), Claire Rochelle (Secretary), Addison Richards (DA), Geraldine Spreckels (Tessie Smith), Diana Del Rio (Maria), Herb Vigram (Soapy); Runtime: 67; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Alfred Stern/Arthur Alexander; ; 1942)|
lame crime drama would be as bad as it sounds,
except Lewis is such a craftsman that he puts
in enough of his noted touches to make it a
less criminal watch."
by Dennis Schwartz
of the more forgettable films of the talented
veteran B-film director Joseph H. Lewis ("The
Halliday Brand"/"The Big Combo"/"The Undercover
Man"). The script is by George Wallace Sayre,
whose story is adapted for the film.
This lame crime drama would be as bad as it sounds, except Lewis is such a craftsman that he puts in enough of his noted touches to make it less criminal to watch it.
My favorite bit has Diana Del Rio, who plays Kruger's romantic interest, sings at the local club the campy song "Brazilly Willy."
REVIEWED ON 1/11/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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