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man in the net
- kevin sellers
Since two of the previous reviewers have already commented on Alan Ladd's thespian catatonia in this film I don't need to pile on. I will say, however, that Ladd's is not the only lackluster performance. Most of the supporting cast, including all the kid actors, are either paint by the numbers or worse, with the exception of Charles McGraw, who is always good, and pre Morticia Carolyn Jones who manages a convincing if over the top neurotic drunk. And when so many solid actors (Ladd, Ed Binns, Tom Helmore, Diane Brewster, John Lupton etc) decide to phone it in you've got to think the director, in this case the usually good Michael Curtiz, was also in the phone booth with 'em, a suspicion that is strengthened by the lack of tension and lush atmospherics that is so typical of this director at his classic best. And Reginald Rose's screenplay, which can't decide if it is an examination of a bad marriage, a Hitchcock type thriller, or a study of small town mob psychology, and thus inadequately addresses all three of these areas, also doesn't help matters much. So, let's give this one a solid C.
Please show again!!! Love Alan Ladd films
Rats!!! Once again, TCM seems to show these unknown films at the craziest times and I always missed them!! Please place this film in your line-up very, very soon, as I love Alan Ladd films, and TCM seems to only air "Shane"...it's too bad Alan Ladd hasn't ever been part of the TCM star of the month lineup...I think it would be great and intriguing to see hidden/unknown films such as this one. Thanks.
Interesting and Outlandish
- Michael D. Jackson
Ladd is pretty stiff in this, but you can't help feeling sorry for him as a man who has to clear his own name of murder. What's ridiculous is how the sheriff allows that mob to run around with sticks like the KKK to hunt down Ladd, destroying property and taking law into their own hands. They run around the whole movie--don't they have jobs? Can't the police handle one guy without a posse? I like how the kids sneak under the noses of everyone to help Ladd. Still, someone ought to call out that unjust system of justice.
THE MAN IN THE NET
By the time this was filmed Allan Ladd was a tragic sick shadow of his former self. He seems to walk through his part. Still, A well done mystery with a great supporting cast. A sad end to a great actor, and Ive heard a really nice guy.
- Al Darnell Jr.
This movie was to say the least exhilirating and suspenseful. I couldn't draw myself from the screen from the moment I turned to this movie. The character of Linda, played an absolutely strong role of a vindictive and deranged wife resentful to her husbands strong character of believing in his work and trying to live a saintly life in order to aid her in her problems. The husband seemed at first somewhat stoic, but then understandibly became compelling and his demeanor seemed to enhance the suspense of the scenes. And lastly the kids in the movie were absolutely marvellous and awe-inspiring. I couldn't help but thanks GOD for the heart of a child. All in all this is an absolutely fantastic classic!
Disturbing Little Thriller!
Taut, creepy film about an alcoholic wife & iconoclastic artist.He is accused of her murder...and you get to wish he had killed her before too long.Quite a bit above average for a movie which is virtually unseen these days.The children figure in a bizarre way...they actually are the most disturbing part of the film.Would definitely recommend, requires your attention!