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They don't make 'em like this anymore.
on 9 February 2005
This review contains no plot-spoilers! For a film this old, it's a pleasant surprise to see the beautiful DVD print transfer. There's also superb sound (no hiss, no crackles, even through headphones). Right from the opening scenes, you know this is a film that is going to be good. Then Cary Grant walks in, and you know it's going to be superb. The atmosphere of the location is absolutely believable, within the limitations of the set design of the 1930s. The storyline is strong and character-based and the dialogue is sharp and witty. All the actors mesh perfectly. Yes, this is man's man's world; but because everyone "knows where they stand", men bond deeply, are tender with each other, and even cry too. One of those rare films, like Brief Encounter, in which every shot seems perfect and perfectly-placed. Of course, for those reared on post-Star Wars FX, there's a certain amount of suspension of disbelief needed - but I defy you not to awed on the single-shot on-location scene in which a plane swings around an immense desert mesa and then lands.