Movie Diary 8/7/2022

Portland Expose (Harold D. Schuster, 1957). Fairly weird, dirty, low-budget crime picture directed by the guy who edited Sunrise. I think maybe Schuster has some boosters as a sub-Edgar Ulmer type, and there might be something to that: Despite the lousy dialogue and standard plot, the film regularly shows off a decent compositional eye from shot to shot. Oddball cast, too. Ed Binns and fearsome Virginia Gregg play an upstanding couple who just want to run a clean little roadhouse in the Oregon Portland, but the mob won’t let them be. Lots of pinball machines and jukeboxes. Many character actors around, plus Frank Gorshin as a hood with a pedophile streak. (You can sense him wanting to break into his Kirk Douglas impression.)

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