Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Nov 2019)
Brief Synopsis – While on vacation, an artist meets a beautiful woman and they begin a friendship that gets muddled once she realizes that everything he is telling her isn’t necessarily the truth.
My Take on it – In my quest to watch more films starring Humphrey Bogart, I decided to check this film out because the premise actually sounded quite intriguing.
The premise is actually quite interesting but the biggest problem is that Bogart actually feels very miscast in this kind of role.
He lacks any kind of real chemistry with both of his two costar.
Both Alexis Smith and Barbara Stanwyck are great actresses yet neither is able to do much with what they are given in this film.
The scenes that Bogart shares with these women quite often feel very off-kilter and don’t come across as genuine enough.
The movie actually starts off well, but once they begin to allow us to start gathering information, the plot as presented begins to unravel and become far too predictable instead of mysterious.
This is a big problem since these kind of films need to rely very heavily on their ability to throw us off the trail with lot of twists and turns along the way and the fact that things are quite apparent long before the climax, hurts things too much.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea despite the fact that Bogart feels a bit miscast in this role. He has no chemistry with any of his costars and some of their scenes together don’t come across as being genuine enough. The story itself starts off quite well but once they begin to allow the audience to hear some of the information, the plot begins to unravel and becomes much too predictable which is a problem because this kind of story relies much too heavily on twists and turns along the way.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While Humphrey Bogart took on the role of an artist, a profession that many audience members, critics, and even Bogie himself felt deviated from his typical tough guy persona, there were limits to what Bogart would agree to. When the director asked Bogart to wear an artist’s smock and beret, he patently refused. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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