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Colin also did both Underrated Thrillers and Underrated Westerns lists for RPS previously:
Footsteps in the Fog (1955; Arthur Lubin)
Stewart Granger is the cold killer who finds himself blackmailed and ensnared in a relationship he loathes. The movie is a first rate slice of Gothic melodrama which sees Granger playing well off Jean Simmons and boasts solid plotting and fine photography from Christopher Challis.
Violent Saturday (1955; Richard Fleischer)
Soap opera meets film noir in Richard Fleischer's heist drama. The long, slow buildup doesn't pay off quite as fully as might be expected given the time invested in telling the audience about the lives of the characters. The heist and aftermath are presented with some style and Lee Marvin, in a supporting role, comes close to stealing the picture right from under the noses of some big names who were billed higher.
The Desperate Hours (1955; William Wyler)
Bogart built his reputation playing gangland hoods and criminal types but later shied away from such roles when his star rose to its height. This movie, coming almost at the end of his career, saw him returning to his roots in a way. He faces off against Fredric March in a heavyweight acting duel under the eye of director William Wyler. A paranoid nightmare in suburbia that ought to be more widely appreciated.
Wichita (1955; Jacques Tourneur)
If we're talking underrated, then Jacques Tourneur and Joel McCrea are good examples and this collaboration of director and star is itself not nearly as well known as it deserves to be. There are many films revolving around episodes from the life of Wyatt Earp and this rates as one of the best. Tourneur's easy confidence behind the camera and McCrea's assurance in front of it result in a deeply satisfying western.
Shotgun (1955; Lesley Selander)
Who's Lesley Selander? Well, even fans of the western, and Selander made a lot of movies in that genre, may not be all that familiar with the name. In my opinion, that's a pity as his tough, no-nonsense approach has much to recommend it. This one is a typically harsh little movie driven along by a brusque performance from Sterling Hayden, and could be regarded as a good introduction to Selander's work.