Obscure, Ultra-Rare 1951 Version of Joseph Losey's "M"
5 Original Authentic Lobby Cards from Mexico
Appx 16.5" X 12.5", Printed on sturdy (Linen?) Poster Stock
M (1951)
Director: Joseph Losey
Writers: Norman Reilly Raine (screen play by), Leo Katcher (screen play by)
Stars: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel
Wisconsinite neophyte Joe Losey embarked on the unenviable task of remaking Fritz Langs 1931 Weimar masterpiece M in postwar Los Angeles. With two defiantly liberal feature films and a handful of Crime Does Not Pay shorts to his name, Losey received the commission after Lang turned down the remake offer from fellow Hollywood migr Seymour Nebenzal, who had also produced the original. (If anything, M reminds us that its the producer, not the director, who holds the lions share of power in Hollywood.) This version follows the plot of the original fairly closely, with David Wayne taking over Peter Lorres child-killer role and investing the character with a seething air of pathetic repression. When LAs top cop (Howard Da Silva) initiates a dragnet to catch the killer, the underworld takes matters into its own hands. With noir-tinged paranoia and beautiful location photography in now-vanished working class neighborhoods, Loseys M easily holds it own. Ironically oblivious to the movies anti-mob mentality message, morality crusaders managed to ban M in eight states on account of its salacious content and the Communist sympathies of several key contributors. Long out of circulation after the producers short-term distribution deal with Columbia Pictures lapsed, M has been meticulously restored by the Library of Congress
---courtesy: northwestchicagofilmsociety.org

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