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Tight Spot [VHS]

Ginger Rogers , Edward G. Robinson , Phil Karlson    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith, Lucy Marlow, Lorne Greene
  • Directors: Phil Karlson
  • Writers: Leonard Kantor, William Bowers
  • Producers: Lewis J. Rachmil
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 30 Aug 1994
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CNG7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,176 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Ginger Rogers stars as a gangster's moll who decides to testify against him. Also starring Edward G. Robinson and Brian Keith.

Synopsis

A wise-cracking female inmate falls for a detective who wants her to testify against her ex-boyfriend.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little set...but 9 April 2007
By C. Cousins VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I bought this set because I really wanted a DVD of Bachelor Mother, and after I'd read the reviews for the other set which included the film, I decided that this one might have a non colourised version.

Unfortunately I was wrong. The DVD in this set is the exact DVD which is being sold as a twin pack with 'The Major and The Minor' It seems they have just placed it along with the others into a slipcase. The film transfer is awful the colours bleed into one another in every frame and I quite honestly have to wonder what was going through the minds of those who thought it was a good idea to release it in this condition.

Anyhow, BM is still a good film so I'm glad to have it, whatever its condition; hopefully the original version still exists and will eventually be released.

The rest of this set, ARE in glorious B&W, and seem to be good transfers, and they're great. I had never heard of 'It Had To Be You' or 'Tight Spot' before, and would never had sought them out - which would have been my loss. The former is a romantic fantasy comedy - great fun. The latter is a drama with Edward G Robinson as a high profile DA who wants to bring down a mobster and only Ginger's character can help. Tight Spot really shows off her dramatic skills and while it is nowhere near '12 Angry Men' or anything of that calibre it is still an interesting insight into her acting scope.

The 'Top Hat' DVD is the EXACT one which comes in the 'Fred and Ginger Collection' set, it even has that printed on the DVD and the introduction to the film by Fred Astaire's daughter who also mentions the 'F&G Collection' - which I think is really lazy of the producers, after all this set should be all about Ginger (that said, it's a nice bonus for those without the F&G collection).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! I'm so pleased to have this title. 16 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
Superb! I'm so pleased to have this title. Great Ginger Rogers in the later part of the 50's. Brian Keith works well with Ginger. And the addition of Edward G. Robinson adds to the impact the film, even though he's the "Good Guy."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All we need now is a well dug grave. 11 Jun 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Tight Spot is directed by Phil Karlson and adapted to screenplay by William Bowers from the play "Dead Pigeon" written by Leonard Kantor. It stars Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith, Lorne Green and Eve McVeagh. Music is by George Duning and cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Sherry Conley (Rogers) is offered a way out of her prison term if she agrees to testify as a witness in the trial of mobster Benjamin Costain (Green). Holed up in a hotel room under police protection, Sherry starts to form a close relationship with Lt. Vince Striker (Keith). Just as Costain's hit-men start to close in...

Is it noir or not? That's a question that has cropped up quite a bit since Columbia released it as part of their Film Noir Classics III Collection. The presence of Karlson (Kansas City Confidential), Guffey (In A Lonely Place), Bowers (The Mob) and Robinson (Scarlet Street) certainly gives it strong noir credentials on the makers front. What transpires is more crime melodrama than noir, but Tight Spot does feature noir traits. From Guffey's shadows and half lights photography, to the characterisations portrayed by Rogers and Keith, there's enough here to keep the noir faithful replenished.

Rogers' performance (casting) has also been much cause for debate, which is understandable as it is a role that could quite easily have been given to better femme fatale actresses of the time. Yet although she takes some getting used to, and that hair cut is just bizarre, Rogers does a nice line in sharp tongued sass, even putting some sexy sizzle in to the bargain during a slow dance sequence with Keith. She does fine work, a bit over theatrical maybe?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A miscast Ginger Rogers upsets the cart! 8 Dec 2010
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After their key witness against a racketeer is murdered, the U.S. Attorney (Edward G. Robinson, on the side of the law this time) springs an ex-model (Ginger Rogers), who is his last chance to get the mobster (Lorne Greene), from prison but will she testify knowing her life is at risk? This nifty little thriller, directed by Phil Karlson), is based on a play and, indeed, most of the film takes place in a hotel room where the Feds are hiding Rogers from Greene and for a thriller, it's pretty heavy on dialogue. Rogers is miscast. She's a bit long in the tooth for the part but worse, her tough little cookie, street waif act is so calculated that you're always conscious of her acting. The part screams for a Shirley MacLaine or Joanne Woodward. The film's neat little twist towards the end isn't much of a surprise but rather predictable. Still, for all its obviousness, it's fairly well done pulp. With Brian Keith as the cop assigned to protect Rogers, Katherine Anderson, Lucy Marlow and Kathryn Grant.

The British Sony DVD is a sharp, clear anamorphic 1.85 transfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A minor classic and an underrated gem 19 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
If you're looking for an intelligently-scripted and well-acted thrller,I would urge you to disregard the negative reviews that have appeared in this column. "Tight Spot" is an underrated gem. If you can only see Ginger Rogers as the young and glamorous beauty who danced so perfectly with Fred Astaire in a string of 1930s classic musicals then this hard-hitting performance from an older Ginger may not be your cup of tea. But if you approach it with an open mind you'll see just how convincing she could be in an off-beat role. Back in 1940 she won an Academy Award as Best Actress for her role in "Kitty Foyle." This performance- though very different in style and coentent - is just as good if not better.

The story centres on a District Attorney (the always great Edward G. Robinson) and his efforts to convict and deport a vicious mobster (Lorne Greene in an unusually sinister role). After his key witness is murdered, the D.A. sets his hopes on a former model - played by Ginger Rogers - who is serving a five-year prison term for complicity in a robbery. In the hope that she will testify in exchange for her freedom, he arranges for a police detective (Brian Keith) to take her out of prison to a first class hotel where she is heavily guarded by a fleet of plain-clothes policemen. While she is happy to enjoy the comforts of the hotel, the culinary delights of the restaurant and the free alcohol, she makes it very plain that she has no intention of testifying. It is in her performance as a streetwise,prison-hardened,smart-talking and irritatingly cynical woman that Ginger Rogers shows her acting range. She delivers the dialogue with a natural verve turning every witty line into a comic projectile and she is matched line-for-line by Edward G.
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