“No, not yet!” – Sandra Carpenter
Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Aug 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A young women is recruited by Scotland Yard to help them find a mysterious man who has been kidnapping and murdering young women.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew nothing about before watching.
The first thing that caught my eye when I started watching it was that it starred Lucille Ball which was a surprise to me since I’m use to seeing her as a comedic actress and to find her in a mystery thriller was intriguing.
She is superb here and is ale to show the kind of range she had as an actress because of how she portrays this character in a way that is so far from the kind we are used to seeing her play.
The mystery is presented in an intriguing way and it works really well due to the tight script and great cast.
In addition to Ball, Charles Coburn is especially great as the chief inspector who finds unique ways to try and trap this criminal who has been eluding the police for so long.
The story is paced really well and they find a way to throw in lots of twists and turns along the way that help keep things so thrilling and suspenseful all of the way thru until the end.
The story unfolds really well since it allows us to keep guessing the whole time as to what is truth and what is fiction.
Bottom Line – Fascinating film noir mystery that is able to work really well largely due to a tight script and a great cast. The story moves along at a great pace and they manage to throw in lots of twists and turns along the way that help keep the viewer guessing from start to finish. Loved seeing Ball in this kind of role especially since she is largely known for her comedy because it shows the kind of range she had as an actress. The way that the story unfolds is done in a very intriguing manner that helps keep things thrilling and suspenseful all of the way until the end. Colburn is also great as the chief inspector and he plays his character quite well since we get to see how his mind works in order to try and capture this criminal who has eluded the police for so long. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The poem read by Inspector Temple (Charles Coburn) to Julian Wilde (Cedric Hardwicke) is from “Harmonic du Soir” by Lord Alfred Douglas, not Beaudelaire, despite the fact that he is holding a copy of “Flowers of Evil” (Fleurs du mal), a collection of Beaudelaire’s poetry. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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