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Think It'd Rank Alongside Casablanca
This film unfairly trashed.So,it's not Casablanca,neither was Gilda,but both tried their own formulas with some success.Bacall,IMHO,was better actress anyday than Rita,maybe almost as good or became as good as Bergman,but she & Boyer acted well together.They had good solid supporting actors,plenty of cross and double crossing,and then-Wanda Hendrix,a real heroine,very touching scenes with Boyer.Those scenes made me like him more as an actor,and not dismiss him as just a type-French lover.He really acts here!
Liked In Spite Of Some Of These Negative Reviews
Very pleasant surprise,esp since thought Boyer okay in most films-he was miscast as Boris in Garden Of Allah (Basil Rathbone should have played that part,and he should've been better as the Count).Disagree about Ms Bacall-I liked her as the heroine,she was more at ease than with many other co-stars.Loved the teenager who met a tragic fate-Luis was at his best in those scenes!Lorre,Francen,Zucco terrific in their roes.Will definitely watch and recommend.
chef boyer brews up some intrigue.
Charles boyer slaps a woman silly before she dies from poison she drank before his coming in to the room.. gives peter lorre a heart attack.. without really doing anything to him ..and smooches with lauren bacall. ok..he aint no Charlize theron..but not a bad bit of work..and he help to start up the spy genre. sure..it might seem a little strange..for the story type..like the fonz telling Jessica chastian to slow down on a first date..but it all works out for the best.
Just watched the second time and though not as great as Third Man and other Graham Greene adaptations, its still decent for lack of senstationalism, the cast and the story material. Underrated in a minor way.
A good movie
- Al Francis
This movie is not Casablanca (nor are many other good movies) but I still liked it. Boyer is not my first choice for a secret agent but I found the film worth watching.
- trevor corso
An absolute failure. The lead roles are horribly miscast. Boyer as a secret agent fighting for Spain? At least give him a Spanish accent or better yet get Bogie or someone else, anyone else. I swear Don Knotts would have been more believelabe. And Bacall the daughter of an English nobleman? Not for a second. Any young English actress would have been preferable. Also she acts like Bacall - no one is Bacall but she's no English lady. To boot they both sleepwalk through their parts and even they fall in love the chemistry is zilch, nada, zippo. Then plot is insipid and I had to struggle to get through it. Did Graham Greene really write this?
Confidential Agent (1945)
- James Higgins
72/100. Not in the RT database at the time of this review. Intriguing story, with a feeling and dark atmosphere similar to "Casablanca." Based on a Grahame Greene novel, the story is suspenseful. Good cast. Charles Boyer is effective as Luis Denard, who is an anti fascist secret agent in the Spanish Civil War. He meets Rose Cullard, seductively played by Lauren Bacall and they fall in love. Good support from Katina Paxinou and Peter Lorre. The story isn't that original, but the direction is good, as is the cinematography and score.