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Raw Deal

One of the great films noirs (1948, 75 min.), directed by Anthony Mann in the first full flush of his creativity. Dennis O'Keefe stars as a small-time hood who breaks out of jail to get revenge on his double-crossing boss (a chuckling pyromaniac played by Raymond Burr). O'Keefe's floozy girlfriend Claire Trevor sacrifices everything to help him and his scheme, only to be thrown over when he meets nice girl Marsha Hunt. The violence, both physical and emotional, is still shocking, while Mann's tortured, gothic visual style throws up a world perfectly in its image. With John Ireland.

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