Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Nov 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A screenwriter is suspected of murder and even those closest to him aren’t sure if he is guilty or innocent.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve heard about for a while yet never got around to seeing.
My recent endeavor to try and watch more movies featuring Humphrey Bogart gave me the opportunity to do so.
This is an intriguing film noir that works better than it probably should due to the great performance by Bogart who plays his character in a very erratic fashion.
His chemistry with Gloria Grahame is great to watch because we get to see how their relationship is built up along the way.
The plot is filled with some greats twists that allow for the mystery to remain ambiguous for most of the film.
In addition to this, they also give us some plausible explanations as to why this character acts the way he does which is due to his past experiences during the war.
Really enjoyed the way that this film depicts the kind of life led by a screenwriter where he must try to always find inspiration in his life for his work but still try and stay sane due to the kinds of stories he creates.
Bottom Line – Very interesting film noir that works due to the very erratic performance by Bogart. He has great chemistry with Grahame and their budding relationship plays out quite well. The story has some nice twists and turns that helps keep things somewhat ambiguous throughout the film. They do a fine job adding in various explanations as to why he acts so erratic that are connected to his previous experiences during the war. Love the way that this movie depicts the way of life of a screenwriter who is constantly seeking inspiration for his work. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Producer Robert Lord was worried about having Nicholas Ray and Gloria Grahame, then husband and wife whose marriage was on the rocks, working together. He made Grahame sign a contract stipulating that “my husband shall be entitled to direct, control, advise, instruct, and even command my actions during the hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day except Sunday. I acknowledge that in every conceivable situations his will and judgment shall be considered superior to mine, and shall prevail.” Grahame was also forbidden to “nag, cajole, tease, or in any other feminine fashion seek to distract or influence him.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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