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“There are only three ways to deal with a blackmailer. You can pay him and pay him and pay him until you’re penniless. Or you can call the police yourself and let your secret be known to the world. Or you can kill him. ” – Richard Wanley
Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Jul 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A psychology professor meets a beautiful woman and inadvertently gets involved in a murder which forces hm to try and find a way out.
My Take on it – This is a film that was recommended to me by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings to watch a long time ago, yet never got around to seeing what it was all about until this Blogathon gave me the perfect excuse to finally watch it.
This was a great noir film that is able to show how a normal guy can get caught up in a murder plot and do understandable things in order to try and keep the blame away from himself.
The story of this movie works on numerous levels and they do such a wonderful job of giving the characters clues as to the truth, but they easily believe the alibis that they are told yet the viewer knows the truth behind all of these excuses and we keep wondering when the other characters will eventually catch on to what really transpired.
Edward G. Robinson is great in the lead role here and helps make us truly believe the various predicaments and situations that his character gets himself into.
The dialogue is expertly written and it allows each of the characters to have the freedom to explore the various situations that they each find themselves in and deal with things in a clear headed way.
This movie does a great job constantly twisting and turning the story as things move along which allows for the level of suspense and thrills to keep rising which makes things even more enjoyable.
Bottom Line – Great film noir that shows how a regular man would deal with an accidental murder. The story works on numerous levels and I loved the way that we get to see the various clues that other characters see yet believe the excuses as to how and why they are unrelated to the crime. Robinson is perfectly chosen as the lead and makes us believe everything that his character goes through. The dialogue is written really well and allows the characters to explore the various situations that they find themselves in really well. The film does a great job twisting and turning the way the story plays out which allows for the suspense level to be slowly rise as things move along. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The painting of Alice Reed was done by Paul Clemens. He painted portraits of many Hollywood stars, often with their children. He was married to Eleanor Parker from 1954 to 1965. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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