VCI Entertainment, as part of its agreement with Kit Parker, will begin releasing two series of films noir in March. Each release will include two films, and I'm urging them to number the sets. More than 2 dozen films are known to me so far. The Hammer Noir Series includes a number of films that feature an American star backed by a British cast; titles include BAD BLONDE (1953) with Barbary Payton, THE GLASS TOMB (1959) with John Ireland and Honor Blackman, THIRD PARTY RISK (1954) with Lloyd Bridges, A STOLEN FACE (1952) with Paul Henreid and Lizabeth Scott, and TERROR STREET with Dan Duryea. The Forgotten Noir Series will include all three films starring Hugh Beaumont as private eye Dennis O'Brien (DANGER ZONE, PIER 23, and ROARING CITY), plus Portland Exposé (Allied Artists, 1957) with Ed Binns and Frank Gorshin, TREASURE OF MONTE CRISTO (1949) with an all-star cast of Glenn Langan, Adele Jergens, Bobby Jordan, and Sid Melton, FBI GIRL (1951) with Cesar Romero, Joi Lansing, and the comedy team of Noonan & Marshall, and SHOOT TO KILL (1947) with Luana Walters. For a list of all titles, please see the NEWS section at www.inthebalcony.com.