Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Sep 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A drifter in a small town is convinced by a beautiful woman to take on a job, not realizing that she is trying to set him up for a crime.
My Take on it – Glenn Ford has always been an actor that I’ve enjoyed watching and this is another great example of his on screen presence.
This film has a standard kind of premise for a noir thriller, but the way that things play out helps make it stand out a bit more than usual.
Ford does a nice job making the lead character much more engaging because he is able to give off an aura that there is more than meets the eye with this guy.
The motivations of the femme fatale played by Janis Carter keeps flip flopping throughout the story which shows that even her encounters with Ford may have changed her outlook and plans.
The minimal use of characters also helps keep things feeling on a more intimate level and that in turn makes for a more sympathetic storyline.
The pacing is done well and the choice to keep the film short also helps avoid boring parts or even ones that drag too much.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was made in 1947 when the House Un-American Activites Committee began its investigation of communism in Hollywood. Three of the people involved in this film, the screenwriter Ben Maddow, the actors Karen Morley and Art Smith were eventually blacklisted. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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