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Fritz Kortner, the ultimate German ham, (Oh Pabst, where art thou in my hour of need?) and the sadly doomed and seriously underrated John Hodiak, dueling for control of stolen Nazi dough - ah, a favorite of mine, as it was the first one my pal Mouse and I saw together in the late 1960s, in a creaky old theater, now long gone, showing revivals of "important and influential films of the past". When you're as young as we were, everything seemed out of the past, and possibly even of some importance, but she had a real hunger for films that were different, and this fit the bill for her, and me, quite nicely. Joe Mankiewicz became a fave of mine, too, from this one, and I still think it's one of the best of the first wave of noir films - I think I'll watch again right away! Thanks for the memories!
I watched this on the weekend, it's a doozy of a noir. Richard Conte, Lloyd Nolan in full wisecracking mode, Nancy Guild doing a pretty decent faux-Bacall (hard to believe she was only 19 here), Whit Bissell as a shifty bartender, Sheldon Leonard in a wife-beater, a German psychic, snappy Mankiewicz dialogue, and a plot that doesn't make a lick of sense at the end of the day. I'm glad Fox has been doing justice to its library lately. Too bad Columbia doesn't follow suit.
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