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Excellent plotting and direction.
The Realm of Probability
This movie's story is quite possible in our disreality except that the real killer inadvertently betrays himself & takes the fall for his own crime despite his CIA caliber scheme to escape justice as performed in a soap operic/tv-like movie!
beyond a reasonable doubt
- kevin sellers
Not a great film, but not Lang's worst, either. ("Amer. Guerrillas in the Phillipines," anyone?) You have to respect a noir that is as uncompromisingly bleak as this one. Yes, Andrews and Blackmer, the masterminds of this sick joke on the criminal justice system, walk zombie like through the entire thing, but that's kind of Lang's point. It's a cold, twisted world we inhabit and the only good people in it are the plodders and the dullards (i.e. Edward Binns, Arthur Franz, and Joan Fontaine.) And while the screenplay is certainly on the ludicrous side, the biggest fault is that at no point in the film does Andrews give the slightest hint that he is malevolent. It's almost as if malevolence would be too much emotion for this burnt out case. Let's give it a B, 'cause it sticks in the mind.
Totally implausible story - so much so that the 2009 remake with Michael Douglas was a huge failure too. Best part of the '58 version is Barbara Nichols. Nichols was a bit player in countless films but she always stood out and she does so here. For my money, she's the only one who was doing any acting! The rest of the cast seemed to just walk through this film and Fontaine was horrid! Of course, in their defense, I must say they didn't have much to work with either. I gave it one-half star because of Barbara Nichols.
Beyond doubt Lang's worst
Even the best directors have at least one bad movie to their name, and this is Fritz Lang's nadir. It looks like the poor effort of a rookie director, not of one of cinema's masters.What went wrong? It's as if Lang sabotaged his own movie to get out of a contract, and it's probably no coincidence that it's his last American film. The story is implausible to say the least, but with more effort still could have resulted in a fine movie.But with a drunk, morose lead, a co-star without any role worth that name and a director with his thoughts on going back to Europe what can you expect? Not much, and that's exactly what you get.
- Steve S.
Perhaps in the hands of another studio e.g. 20th Century Fox this could have turned out to be a very good film but the ill-fated and Howard Hughes owned RKO gives us a mediocre picture, at best!