PICKUP (1951 U.S.) D/W/P: HUGO HAAS W: ARNOLD PHILLIPS
Haas (born 1901, died 1968) was a popular Czech comic actor (and director of a handful of features) who fled the Nazis and came to Hollywood to work as a character actor (one credit is 1950`s KING SOLOMON`S MINES). This is the first of 14 off-beat, low-budget melodramas that he directed (and wrote, produced and starred in) in the U.S., which have developed a cult following. It`s based on a novel by Czech writer Joseph Kopta (adapted to the screen in it`s country of origin twice, once in 1937 and the other in 2008). Haas stars as a widower living in a desert shack, keeping an eye on the railroad for a living. Beverly Michaels is fascinating to watch as the opportunist tramp who marries him for his money when she runs out of other options. She`s the main reason to watch this odd b/w programmer. Allan Nixon (a Ron Ormond regular!) is the younger guy ensnared by Michaels, and they both begin to plot after Haas falls mysteriously deaf. With Jack Daley and short Bernard Gorcey, son of Leo, as a dog seller. Michaels returned in Haas` next, THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE.

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