Featuring: Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, John Hoyt
Length: 78 minutes
Available: Dec 31, 2019
Before making Hollywood epics such as Tora! Tora! Tora! and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, director Richard Fleischer started his career with a series of low-budget B-features, often taking ripped-from-the-headlines tales of crime stories and spinning them into noir gold... of which an exquisite example is 1949's endlessly entertaining Trapped.
A young Lloyd Bridges stars as hardboiled hood Tris Stewart, a convicted counterfeiter doing time in the Atlanta pen. When a fresh batch of fake bills starts circulating, treasury agents bail Stewart out to help lead them to the maker of the fake plates. But Tris double-crosses the Feds, hooking up with his gun-moll sweetie (22-year-old Barbara Payton in her breakout role). They plan to heist the plates and hightail it across the border. With the Feds closing in and the double-crosses piling up, Stewart finds himself between a rock and a hard place… and this time, he may be trapped for good!
Although long sought by the Film Noir Foundation, Trapped was believed to have suffered the unfortunate fate of many B-films of the era—oblivion. But when a private collector deposited a 35mm acetate print at the Harvard Film Archive, the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive (with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust [The HFPA Trust]) sprang into action, restoring the film. The result, presented in a Blu-ray/DVD dual-format edition by Flicker Alley, honors the pitch-perfect performances, assured direction, and gorgeous cinematography of this edge-of-your-seat, noir classic.
Bonus Materials Include:
“Freeing Trapped”: A documentary on the film’s creation and history, featuring interviews with Eddie Muller, Donna Lethal, and others.
“A Sedulous Cinderella: Richard Fleischer Remembered”: A remembrance of the man, the director, and the father, by his son Mark Fleischer.
Audio Commentary Track: Featuring author Alan K. Rode and film historian Julie Kirgo.
24-Page Souvenir Booklet: Featuring rare photographs, poster art, and commentary by “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller.