Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
Director: Alfred Zeisler
An adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, which I have never read (and I suspect few of you have, either) - and boiled down to a tight 65 minute crime thriller, Fear (1946) is a low-budget predecessor to a movie plot you've seen a dozen times over.
Basically - upstanding guy commits crime, no one suspects him, and then a cop starts trailing him. Meanwhile he meets a comely young lass.
It's not actually that baaaaad. It's just totally hamstrung by the cardboard sets and that they obviously had about 3 set-ups per scene per set. If that. Honestly, the acting is fine. And the movie is short enough that you're in and out before you even get a chance to start pondering the movie's issues too much.
Anyway - not exactly something I'd recommend. It feels more like a jot of an idea than an actual film. But I've seen way worse, and the set-up kept me curious how they'd shake it out.