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Four times Oscar nominated Rosalind Russell and Sydney Greenstreet star in this gripping and sophisticated 1948 crime drama set in the glittering world of New York theatre. Comedy actress Valerie Stanton (Rosalind Russell) and her producer Gordon Dunning (Leon Ames) are the toast of Broadway, with a host of smash-hit shows behind them. They are also secret lovers. Now, Valerie wants to work with someone new and has met architect Michael Morrell (Leo Genn) and fallen head over heels in love with him. Gordon, however, is unwilling to let her go and threatens Valerie with scandal and ruin...The scene is set for a brutal murder. As New York police captain Danbury (Sydney Greenstreet) investigates, all the clues seem to point to Valerie`s co-star Marian (Claire Trevor), but in the world of the theatre, everything may be an elaborate act and an illusion... Digitally restored and remastered, this powerful and compelling crime classic is now available to own on UK DVD for the very first time.
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The Odeon DVD is an adequate B&W transfer in the proper 1.37 aspect ratio.
Rosalind Russell's character accidentally kills her Broadway producer and causes her actress co-star's suicide. Will NYPC's Sydney Greenstreet work everything out?
They really don't make films like this any more. I enjoyed its gentle pace, lack of jeopardy and the great shots of theatres and show audiences.
This is a good quality DVD copy of the film.
Russell stars stiff but improves during plot. Greenstreet
and Trevor excellent. Entertainment thriller.
Ah, now then, is this a murder mystery in reverse? At the beginning we are shown the crime of murder, so we know the main character is guilty. The rest of the picture thrives on if Valerie Stanton (Russell) will either get caught by the law, own up, or become a victim of crime herself? The screenplay contains a flashback and that grand old devil of someone else being pegged for the murder. There's witticisms abound, with some wonderfully choice lines delivered with relish, while the cast turn in decent shows - Greenstreet doesn't show up till the 45 minute mark, but promptly waddles in and steals the film!
Set to the background of the theatre it's unsurprising to find this is something of a theatrical drama rather than a film noir of the era. It has found its way into a couple of film noir reference books, without really being film noir as such. Certainly the photography is appealing to noir fans, and there's a dark passage of play that definitely comes out of noirville, but really it's a marginal entry. But hey! It's still a very good film that's recommended. 7/10
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Great film that is rarely if ever shown on TV. Many thanks for getting to me, and very quickly, too!Published 1 month ago by James Markham-Langley
Happy with seller. Delighted with DVD Velvet Touch. I Like old movies from the 1940s and 50s and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Good plot great acting. Loved it.Published 9 months ago by sammy
great film with lots of drama and brill actingo on a bit to long but not this on g I love vintage movies it keeps you interested and its not to long. Read morePublished 14 months ago by d maudsley