Flaxy Martin, 1949

Flaxy Martin Virginia Mayo

Zachary Scott plays Attorney Walter Colby, one of the angriest lawyers I've ever seen, and Virginia Mayo puts on another icey bad girl role as the money-hungry show girl Flaxy who sells Zachary down the river, letting him get framed (actually he frames himself, no wonder he's so angry) for the murder of a snitch that rats out Douglas Kennedy (as gangleader Hap Richie).

Dorothy Malone is the (amazingly) trusting heroine who rescues Zachary after he escapes police custody, and the pair end up handcuffed together and at the mercy of perennially malfunctioning gangster hit man Elisha Cook Jr.

What the film lacks in subtlety (Mayo is so smart she ends up outsmarting herself) it makes up for with speed and plot efficiency, and the infrequent action sequences are particularly well done. Directed by Richard L. Bare, Flaxy Martin is a solid film noir. Story by David Lang.

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