- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 31, 2012
- Originally Released: 1948
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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Description by OLDIES.com:
New York City, newsreel photographer Phil Sparr unwittingly photographs Nazi fugitive Martin Beauman, who's been hiding in plain sight under an assumed name. Undercover operatives are determined to destroy the damning evidence and are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. Phil must fight for his life as he desperately tries to get the film to the authorities.
James Poe's original story was reportedly based on his true-life experiences as a photographer for the then-popular March of Time newsreels. Originally intended for production by RKO in 1946, screen rights to Close-Up were sold to a small New York-based outfit called Marathon Pictures. The company's decision to film entirely on location was motivated more by frugality and expedience rather than any commitment to verisimilitude. Staging scenes at such recognizable Manhattan landmarks as the 91st Street Seaplane Landing imbued Close-Up with a gritty realism that enhanced the noirish story. The movie provided perennial heavy Alan Baxter with a rare leading role and marked the screen debut of Richard Kollmar, until then best known as radio's Boston Blackie.
Filmed entirely on location in New York, CLOSE-UP affords a rare starring role for character actor Alan Baxter. While on assignment, newsreel photographer Phil Sparr (Baxter) happens to film a passerby named Beaumont (Richard Kollmar). Suddenly, everyone is interested in what Sparr has captured on film, none more so than girl reporter Peggy (Virginia Gilmore). It turns out that both Beaumont and Peggy are members of a secret neo-Nazi organization, headed by the very mean-spirited Mr. Gibbons (Philip Huston). Taking advantage of his newfound "hero" status (he was usually the bad guy), Alan Baxter shows off his athletic prowess in a pulse-pounding climactic chase involving two speeding ferryboats.