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Reminiscent of Laura and Maltase Falcon
on 26 April 2010
Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens), private eye has a secret past that he moves to New York to escape and set up a new life. Police Lt Frank Reeves (Reed Hadley) is aware of his past and keeps tabs on him. Looks like his past is catching up. Why?
And his secretary Kathleen Stewart (Lucille Ball) insists on helping him get out of trouble as they both get in deeper and deeper.
The story is a lot darker than most film noir and starts off slowly. It take time to review to the audience the plot so it is not so much a twisting plot as it is an unrevealed plat. The main character is not as much as snot but more of a pansy. He thinks he is more of the victim in the story and says so. Clifton Webb is almost the same character as in Laura.
I like all the small things like that of the theater cashier listing to Kathleen talking about begging Bradford to take her to his apartment. You also need to pay attention to what looks like frivolous details as the details become a major part of the plot later. Watch the ink stained suit and the lucky horse shoe key chain.
The voice commentary is almost if not better than the film it's self. We are told may things that are obvious in the film but no obvious as to how it relates to other films. After listening to the commentary you need to watch the film again with what you learned and with the knowledge of the first time through.