Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Nov 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A man trapped in a marriage that he wants out of decides to murder his wife with the intention of marrying her sister.
My Take on it – In my quest to expand my knowledge of films starring Humphrey Bogart, I came across this film which has a very intriguing plot.
The story is fine, but is enhanced by the great cast who all give great performances here.
Bogart is great in the lead role and allows us to understand the various complexities of his character.
This may be a role that is a bit too devious for him, but he still manages to make it somewhat convincing.
His scenes with Sydney Greenstreet are superb to watch because of the verbal duels that these characters have as they each believe that they can outsmart the other.
This story is quite generic when looking at it from a crime noir viewpoint yet they still manage to find ways to keep the story intriguing even if most of the way things come about doesn’t feel very original or unique in any way.
Bottom Line – Interesting film that works due to the great cast. Bogart is once again great in the lead role even though his character is much more devious than he is use to playing. His scenes with Greenstreet are quite fun to watch unfold due to the great verbal duels that the two of them have along the way. The story is typical film noir yet finds a way to stay intriguing despite not being the most original or unique story.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The statue of a possible version of the Maltese Falcon is displayed as an ornament on the top of the wooden filing cabinet in Det. Lt. Egan’s office when Richard visits. A few years earlier, in 1941, Bogart and Greenstreet had appeared together in the movie “The Maltese Falcon” about this statue. No reference to it is made in the dialogue of this movie. This possible version has broader shoulders, longer neck and thinner head than what was actually used in the previous movie. Although it does look very much like the version used in a poster for the earlier movie where hands are grasping for it and is clearly different in shape than what was actually used in the earlier movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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