Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – After witnessing a murder being committed, a man hides in the city and is pursued by his wife, a reporter and the police.
My Take on it – This is another film that I came across by accident and the premise actually sounded quite intriguing.
Unfortunately, the film drags on too much even though it has a relatively short run time.
The plot is presented and plays out in a fine way but there are too many unnecessary scenes that could have been cut and would have made things even tighter.
This unfortunately hurts the film more than helping it because there are too many lulls along the way.
The film sports a nice cast with Ann Sheridan and Dennis O’Keefe both doing fine jobs with their roles.
This is especially true due to the fact that both of them are able to conceal so much from both the other characters and the viewer which allows for some interesting surprises as the plot begins to unfold before our very eyes.
Despite these few surprises, the story itself doesn’t manage to feel very original or fresh enough as one would hope for tho which is quite a shame due to the potential that they had with this plot.
Bottom Line – Mediocre crime noir film that despite it’s short length drags along a bit too much. The way that the plot plays out is done in an interesting fashion yet the fact that there are too many unnecessary scenes along the way hurts things more than helps. The cast is fine with Sheridan and O’Keefe both doing fine jobs with their roles especially since they are both able to conceal so much from both those around them and the viewer which adds some additional suspense to it all because we never know what to really expect. Doesn’t feel fresh or original enough in what it tries to give us which is quite a shame.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally set in New Orleans, financing, or the lack thereof, forced producer Howard Welsch to move the setting to the more-affordable location of San Francisco – much to the delight of cinematographer Hal Mohr as this was his home town. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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