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Short and very sweet,
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This movie is noir, but with a little more edge than the classic LA set Chandleresque noirs that are the usual Noir benchmark. This film is set in New York, and because of it the pace and style is less laid back than typical Noirs, but its setting and its story captures the essence perfectly. The Odets screenplay is cynical, worldly and downright memorable, it oozes cool.
The dark b&w photography suits the mood of the picture perfectly and the finest performance of Tony Curtis' career just falls out of him as if he knows that sort of character so well. It doesn't aim too high in movie terms, it just deals with its tight little story, while saying alot about the world the main characters inhabit and then finishes without too much of a bang. It is neat, classical noir delivered beautifully.
Unfornunately its relative modesty, and an uncommonly good year for movies meant it got no Oscar, it didn't even get a single nom, which is truly bizarre! You can't watch this and say it's unnoticable! One of those slightly smaller Hollywood movies that seems to get more worthy as the years go by, and earns its classic status better than many of the bigger more celebrated films of the era. The sharp acting and screenplay and the buzzing New York vibe make sure of that.