This is my 4990th Review
Original Rating prediction – 8/10
Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Feb 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A former private investigator living in hiding is discovered by an old enemy and must re-enter his old life in order to prove that he is innocent of a crime that his former lover committed.
My Take on it – Over the years, I have heard so many great things about this film, yet never really had the opportunity to see what it was all about.
It is usually listed quite high on the lists of best noir films and this has also been touted as one of Robert Mitchum’s best performances.
I must agree that he does a wonderful job in this role and even if it isn’t his best, it is definitely high on my list of his performances.
He is able to find a way for us to care so much about his character especially when we quickly learn the reasons why he has been avoiding this dark worlds for so many years and is then forced to re-enter it no matter the cost.
They do a great job moving back and forth in time with the story in order to give us so much information as to what has transpired and why it has happened that way.
We are then more understanding as to why he has chosen to leave his old life behind with no desire to return to it.
Despite this tho, we see how easily he is able to slip back into his old life and the dark world he was in as he attempts to clear his name.
Jane Greer is also great here in the role of the femme fatale and manages to portray her character in various ways in order to show how demure and devious she can be when she needs to be.
They do a much better job with this film than with Against All Odds (1984) the remake that they made 35 years afterwards with Jeff Bridges.
Bottom Line – Mitchum is great in this film and manages to make us care so much about his character especially when he must return to a world that he tried so hard to stay away from. The story moves back and forth through time and slowly allows us to get an understanding of the reasons that he left that world and had no desire to return to it so quickly. Yet despite this, we see that he easily slips right back into that dark world in order to find a way to clear his name no matter the cost. Greer is a great femme fatale and she is able to play her character in various ways in order to show how demure and devious she can be if she wants. This is much better than the remake of this film with Jeff Bridges 35 years later. Recommended
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Mitchum told Roger Ebert he smoked so much that when the camera was rolling and Kirk Douglas offered him a pack and asked, “Cigarette?”, Mitchum, realizing he’d carried a cigarette into the scene, held up his fingers and replied, “Smoking.” His improvisation saved the take and they kept it in the movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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