Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Narcotics Squad (1957)

A cheesy but fun film about the scourge of narcotics and drug addiction among America's young with propaganda overtones. Paul Kelly is Police lieutenant Lacey who is investigating the pushing of drugs to High School kids in America. When one kid goes missing and is later found dead of an overdose things start getting very serious...

So far so good but some of the acting is terrible (especially from Cathy Downs), but some of the dialogue doesn't help which lapses into overt propaganda.

Luckily this doesn't really detract from the film which is dark and dirty. This certainly isn't the kind of idealised 1950s America of later films but a violent, moral free world. The 50s slang is also highly entertaining. Sheila Urban plays a great role as the morally ambiguous Julie.