British Film Noir: Twilight Women (1952)/The Slasher (1953)
This pair of dark mysteries from "across the pond" opens with "Twilight Women," in which a singer left homeless after her boyfriend is arrested for murder winds up in a squalid boardinghouse for unwed mothers whose owner sells the babies to childless couples. Rene Ray, Laurence Harvey, Freda Jackson, Lois Maxwell star. AKA: "Women Of Twilight." Next, James Kenney is a blackjack-wielding juvenile delinquent in post-WWII London who leads his gang into increasingly violent doings in the controversial drama "The Slasher." With Robert Ayres, Hermione Baddeley, and Joan Collins as Kenney's girlfriend. AKA: "Cosh Boy." 164 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.