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Inventor of the film noir look....
on 17 November 2017
This is truly one of the first film noir’s to come out of Hollywood after the war, but this treasure came out in 1944. Still a crisp and tense tale of greedy people thinking they can get away with murder is timeless. Fred MacMurray... not the first choice or the most obvious, but he turns in the best performance of his entire career in this one. Much has been said about Barbara Stanwyck’s much hated cheap blonde wig but I saw it as a young man and thought nothing about it until I starting reading these things about it. Still doesn’t bother me at all. Edward G. is perfectly cast as the brainy hero-guy who is also MacMurray’s workaholic boss.
I must say I have grown to appreciate Billy Wilders films much more in the last few years with the release of his works being released on blu ray format. His witty/satirist writing still holds up decades later and should be studied by writing students. The cinematography is in glorious B&W and uses for the most part real L.A. locations which I have always found better anyway. I always hated that well-lit stage set look that early films seem to have.
This is a MUST for any serious film buff or even the average film goer who likes well crafted suspense. Includes a very good commentary.