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Dirk Bogarde Films are very worthwhile
- DON RILEY
I'm glad to see so many of his films on TCM. I've watched this film several times and love his acting. I also grew to like this film a great deal, based on the intensity of the acting of all parties involved. I do agree it is a bit uneven which makes it a film that you may have to watch closely or more than once. Bogarde is brilliant and makes a very high quality "bad guy". Extremely believable and can be regarded in the same vein as the best in the Crime film genre .
- Mike McCrann
I had not seen this movie in years but watched it again this morning. I liked it a lot especially for Margaret Lockwood. Having seen a bunch of her earlier films on this birthday tribute and having enjoyed her great 40s films, I found her tremendous in this role. She is coarse, vulgar and very smart. I think it was a revelation to have her play the role and very brave of her to really not cheat and play the part to the hilt. Plus I love Kay Walsh. Having seen her as Nancy in the David Lean Oliver Twist (she was Lean's wife at the time) and just having watched her in the Joan Fontaine The Devil's Own last Sat I think she is tremendous. Not especially pretty but really great looking with talent to burn. Plus I think the scene where Lockwood escorts her to the door and gets rid of her is so amazing. Dirk Bogarde was good but he always seemed to play creepy characters and this did not seem a real stretch. But watching Margaret Lockwood most of today I can only say I never truly appreciated her. And her performance in Cast A Dark Shadow is mesmerizing. She is course, tough, rude and just commands the screen. She is so direct in what she wants and what she expects that you cannot help but love her.
Uneven but worthy of attention for crime film fans
- Pretty Sinister
I love the opening title sequence. A real attention grabber. Contrary to another review here I found Margaret Lockwood's performance to be the saving grace of the film. Her crass character is perfect and she's one wily woman, too. So easy to dimiss these types of characters if you fail to look beneath the surface. Lockwood does fascinating work here. To me the writing in her scenes was clever and ambiguous. I never knew if Freda (Lockwood) was scheming to do in Teddy (Bogarde). The entrance of Kay Walsh as Charlotte is probably a dead giveaway for devotees of this type of film. Still I enjoyed the film. The atmospheric photography by Jack Asher (Hammer Horror master of the camera) sets the mood. Screenplay by John Cresswell does an excellent job of opening up the one room set of this story originally written for the stage. The finale becomes a bit over-the-top and excessively melodramatic. It doesn't fit well with the cat-and-mouse tactics of the characters in the first three quarters of the movie. Overall, though I definitely recommend it. It's perfect for crime fiction fans. But if you don't like unpleasant characters, then stay away.
Well made but hard to watch
Looked forward to Margaret Lockwood especially, but didn't like her switch in this. What a waste for a beautiful, elegant woman to do bourgeois vulgar, regardless of the talent it took to do it. I can't like this one. It compares unfavorably with similar others such as Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, dark motive venues with many question marks and instability. Those were keepers in my view. This one just gets on the nerves for the wrong reasons. The Lockwood character is so tacky, she's difficult to endure. Bogard is too raw in his hungry greed. Both of these detract and distract from anything else. Definitely would not wish to view again.