Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


From IMDb:  "As the train speeds through the Arizona night, a man posing as a physician holds up the baggage-crew car and escapes with a $500,000 payroll.  The fake doctor, Paul Bruckner, leaves the train with his "patient" and the "patient's wife", who is really Bruckner's wife, Linda.  The insurance company puts its best investigator, Charlie Norman, on the case to work with the railroad's investigator, Joe Armstrong.  The men are friends and Joe is upset that Charlie and his wife, Ruth, will have to postpone their Mexican vacation.  Charlie's concern goes beyond the soiled vacation as he was the brains behind the holdup, who had fallen in love with Linda several months earlier while investigating a claim Bruckner had filed against his insurance company.  At first, Joe is unable to find anything out about the flawlessly timetable planning for the robbery other than what Charlie wants
into find out."

Starring Mark Stevens (Between Midnight and Dawn, The Street with No Name, The Snake Pit), King Calder (Three Came to Kill, Hong Kong Confidential, On the Threshold of Space), Felicia Farr (Charley Varrick, 3:10 to Yuma, Kiss Me, Stupid), Marianne Stewart (Valley of Hunted Men, The Big Fisherman, Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte), and Wesley Addy (Kiss Me, Deadly, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Seconds).  Look closely and you'll see Jack Klugman in his third ever film (and second film with a credit).

Time Table was directed by the film's star, Mark Stevens.  The script was written by Aben Kandel, scripter of such drive-in schlock as I Was a Teenage Werewolf, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, and How to Make a Monster, from an original story by Robert Angus.

A convoluted plot, a good script, and decent performances make this little noir gem stand out.  Not that it stands out much, though, but enough to satisfy most fans of noir films.

Enjoy this one.

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