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  • Actors: John Garfield, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Patricia Morison
  • Directors: Richard Wallace
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZFO90Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A world at war, many sparrows must fall, are the ominous words that open this classic 1943 film noir. That sparrow could be Kit McKittrick (John Garfield), a former Spanish Civil War prisoner who arrives back in New York to discover the truth behind the mysterious death of his friend Louie Lepetino. McKittrick is on the verge of near madness following the psychological torture inflicted on him whilst imprisoned in General Franco s civil war jails. Haunted by a sadistic man with a limp, McKittrick finds himself surrounded by Nazi spies who want to steal a precious artifact that he has brought with him following his escape from Spain. Around him there is only uncertainty with the sinister Dr. Skaas (Walter Slezak) who is fascinated by the effects of psychological torture; and Tonni Donne (Maureen O Hara), an elusive, elegant beauty who knows more then she s telling. As McKittrick tries to uncover a nest of Nazi spies whilst retaining his sanity, the stakes become higher in this excellent psychological thriller.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robin on 8 Oct. 2010
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The Fallen Sparrow is not an especially well-known or well remembered movie but it is of major interest to those who love black and white crime films from the 1940s. Firmly rooted within the mainstream of film noir - the hero is suffering from psychological trauma as a result of having been tortured and is on the verge of paranoia - The Fallen Sparrow uses high contrast images to tell its story of a man seeking an explanation for his friend's mysterious death. He comes across several glamorous women, seemingly uninterested cops and a collection of European refugees, one of whom is studying torture as an academic subject.

The Fallen Sparrow is also of particular interest to fans of old movies because of its unusual deployment of Maureen O'Hara. Here, far more glamorous and sexy than in her other movies, Maureen plays a character whom neither the hero nor the audience can be sure of. It is to be regretted that Maureen O'Hara was not given more roles like this.

This new DVD from Odeon comes from a well used print which has innumerable speckles and scratches. On the other hand the transfer is quite good and the images are stable. The audio quality is clean and clear. Watching this DVD is rather like watching an old movie in a repertory cinema forty years ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2011
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A surprisingly dull spy noir that not even the strong screen presence of John Garfield can do much to save. Garfield plays a former prisoner of the Spanish Civil War who, after being hospitalized for a nervous breakdown, returns to New York to solve the murder of his best friend. He begins to suspect that the fascists who tortured him have followed him to New York but have they? Or is it just his paranoia, the residue of his previous mental condition? The villains are so obvious right from the start so there's no suspense regarding who the bad guys are, just how will they be found out. Maureen O'Hara looks beautiful but she has nothing to do (though there's a pay off at the end). Handsome B&W cinematography courtesy of Nicholas Musuraca. Co-starring Walter Slezak, Patricia Morison, Martha O'Driscoll and Hugh Beaumont.

The Odeon Entetainment Ltd. DVD has a decent transfer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Russell on 19 Jan. 2012
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This is a film noir which has not worn terribly well - it is set in the early years of the war and Garfield is a Spanish civil war veteran suffering from post traumatic stress who returns to New York convinced a friend has been murdered and sets about investigating the crime. The wartime gung ho patriotic stuff doesn't really work any longer, and the plot is convoluted and not very convincing - sinister Nazis led by Walter Slezak hamming like crazy -are looking for a Spanish relic Garfield apparently has somewhere. But he is undeniably charismatic and Maureen O'Hara has a woman who is no better than she should be - he falls for her - looks gorgeous. She has been given the full Hollywood studio gloss. O'Hara wasn't always sexy, but here she certainly is. The film led the way to some fine Hollywood films noir and seen in that context is worth acquiring.
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By Robert Hardwick on 7 Mar. 2015
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Great black and white thriller.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM THOMPSON on 15 Mar. 2013
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Bought as a gift for my mum's 70th birthday. unopen as it wont be needed until the end of March.
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