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Raw Deal [DVD] [1948] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland, Raymond Burr
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Writers: Arnold B. Armstrong, Audrey Ashley, John C. Higgins, Leopold Atlas
  • Producers: Edward Small
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2WSV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,030 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gallacher on 30 Jun 2006
Format: DVD
Joe Sullivan ( Dennis O'Keefe ), with the help of his girlfriend Pat ( Claire Trevor ) breaks out of jail to collect $ 50 , 000 owed to him by gang boss Ricky Coyle ( Raymond Burr ) . Ricky's also the guy who helped put Joe behind bars to save his own skin. A twist on the usual escaped convict on the run film, is that he is accompanied by, not one, but two beautiful women ; one good ( Marsha Hunt ), one bad ( Claire Trevor ). This love triangle shapes his battling conscience ; O'Keefe gives the impression that he is more in love with Hunt's character but cannot contemplate handing himself over to the authorities ( as she would like ) and so sticks with his moll.

The brilliant direction and beautiful John Alton cinematography lifts this neat little film noir above the normal crime thriller. Superbly directed by Anthony Mann, each scene has been intelligently and meticulously planned and framed. There are so many memorable scenes which deserve repeated viewings. The highly atmospheric woodland scene is particularly effective, with the early morning misty light streaming through the trees beautifully.

At first I felt that perhaps Raymond Burr was under-used in his role as the sleazy, sadistic, pyromaniac gangster who has helped in O'Keefe's escape , ( in the hope that he is killed by either the prison guards or the state police before reaching him to claim the money he is owed ). I have now come to the conclusion that Burr's limited time on screen adds to his menacing bulk , his massive frame filling each scene with a claustrophobic brooding evil threat.

This movie is violent, brutal and depressing ; the overall oppressive gloom is made even eerier by Claire Trevor's spacey narration and the haunting sound of the theremin.

A word of warning though, if you do buy this DVD please do not read the blurb on the back cover, as it is basically a blow-by-blow account of the whole story, including the ending !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 July 2007
Format: DVD
"We drove all night through the quiet hills," Pat Cameron tells us. "Joe hadn't said a word. I knew or thought I knew what was going on inside him. She was getting under his skin. Once I tried to talk to him but he told me to shut up. Deep down I guess I have no real beef about what I know is happening. Watching him, one thing keeps ringing inside of me. He's never really told me he loved me."

Pat Cameron (Claire Trevor) has just helped Joe Sullivan (Dennis O'Keefe) break out of the California State Penitentiary. They're on the road to the small coastal town of Crescent City where Sullivan will pick up $50,000 from Rick Coyle (Raymond Burr), a gangster who likes hurting people and playing with fire. The 50 grand is Sullivan's cut from a robbery where he took the fall for Coyle. What he doesn't know is that Coyle has no intention of giving Sullivan a dime, only a bullet in the stomach. Along the way and much to Pat's unease, Sullivan grabbed Ann Martin (Marsha Hunt), a young woman who worked on his legal case, from her apartment. As the hours wear on, Sullivan is drawn to Martin. Pat, who has without reservation given her love to Sullivan, can only watch. Sullivan is a hard case, but shows signs of the decent kid he once was. When he discovers that Coyle has sent a henchman, Fantail (John Ireland), to Crescent City to kill him, he resolves to take out Coyle whatever the cost. Unknown to him, however, Coyle has managed to capture Ann. With a phone call intended for Joe and a lie, Pat finds herself in a position to see her and Joe escape on a ship leaving the U.S. She also begins to recognize how much Joe is willing to sacrifice for herself and for Ann.

They're in their ship's cabin, and Joe has said he wants Pat and him to get married.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WSH on 9 Mar 2012
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The film has a fair bit going for it - a director with flair, a great black and white cameraman, and a solid cast. In the DVD form delivered here by Orbit Media it burns on re-entry. Not that the print from which is was transferred is badly affected by scratches or the sound is bad - it's good - the problem is that the print is dirty and it has been transferred using nasty pan-and-scan, so that the image, especially in wider shots, shows the lines, as if you were watching it through gauze or a fine venetian blind. It is a travesty. If the film were something from the top shelf, you'd feel even angrier. As it is, Anthony Mann was still finding his way as a director and the story is straight 'B' picture stuff. It's just you'd like to be able to enjoy John Alton's moody, memorable camerawork.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar 2011
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The kid with a medal.

Raw Deal is directed by Anthony Mann and adapted by Leopold Atlas & John C. Higgins from a suggested story by Arnold B. Armstrong & Audrey Ashley. It stars Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland & Raymond Burr. Paul Sawtell scores the music and John Alton is the cinematographer.

Convict Joe Sullivan (O'Keefe), incarcerated after taking a fall, breaks out of jail with the help of his girl, Pat Cameron (Trevor). But something is amiss, brutish mobster Rick Coyle (Burr) is influencing proceedings behind the scenes, he needs to because he owes Joe big time. Kidnapping Joe's social worker, Ann Martin (Hunt), Joe & Pat hit the road, it's a road that will lead to desperate consequences for many.

A raw fatalistic film noir that sees the ace pairing of director Mann and photographer Alton. They, along with O'Keefe, had made T-Men the year previously, itself a tough piece of film making. Raw Deal is the lesser known movie of the two, but that's not in any way indicative of the quality of Raw Deal, for it's most assuredly the real deal for sure. What unfolds over the 80 minutes running time is a plot full of characters destined for disappointments or even worse; rarely has the title for a film been as apt as it is here! Mann & Alton move the tight screenplay thru a shadowy world of half-lit images and high contrast brutality. Jittery cameras are supplemented by unbalanced angles, which in turn are boosted by Sawtell's music compositions. One of the best decisions made by Mann and Sawtell is that of the narration by Trevor, in itself unusual for a woman of noir to narrate, it's sorrowful and mournful in tone anyway, but with Sawtell scoring it with the theremin it plays out as part of a nightmarish dream-state.
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