RichardDenning and Mari Blanchard go to
enormous effort getting justice done for ... but wait, any recitation of plot
will unscrew a tight cork that is The Crooked Web, noir product of Sam
Katzman's Clover company, and one of the twistiest yarns anyone thought up for
50's budget-making. You think it's headed one way, then comes the flip, these
not confined to a "surprise" end. Don't come in pre-judging Denning,
Blanchard, and Frank Lovejoy's characters: they've all got tricks up sleeves.
Don't know how much The Crooked Web cost, but it brought home $264K to
--- would that have been enough to feed hungry mouths at Clover? They'd
actually do better with horror/sci-fi (Creature With The Atom Brain, for
instance, took $415K), but Katzman couldn't thrive on monsters alone. The
Crooked Web is available from Columbia On-Demand in an LA-location bright 1.85,
excellent in all ways.