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Flaxy Martin(1949)

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  • Just Say No to Noir

    • fairmn
    • 2/23/16

    The only way to explain this movie is that by 1949, authorities had identified noir as a threat to America's impressionable youth and must be stopped. Despite a decent noir pedigree-- Virginia Mayo! Zachary Scott as slimy mob lawyer! rooftop fight to the death with Elisha Cook Jr!-- this movie seems to be written to an adolescent level throughout, well before Dorothy Malone gums up the entire works with her inexorable good girl attraction of Scott away from deserved descent into the noir whirlpool. From the start, Scott seems to be the only mob lawyer in America who doesn't grasp that it's his job to get off the stone cold guilty, and he's whiny and petulant when pleasantly asked to do so by Tom D'Andrea. Stupid move by Scott, but back in the day, and maybe even now, most 15-year-olds identified with right over wrong even with they themselves were on the wrong side of the law. Fast forward and Scott is set up and headed to the electric chair before an improbable noirish reversal and into the cloying embrace of Malone. Said Dorothy personates a post-'46 recession optimism of making good and unlimited mobility-- "six months ago I was an elevator operator, now I'm a librarian"-- and she's able to afford her own home in a pleasant neighborhood with a white picket fence. Further demonstrations of pluckiness and spunkiness ensue, and Malone ("I'm a girl who believes in happy endings") wins out at last. Far too little of Virginia Mayo in this movie, where she is seriously hot. This film is kinda entertaining but so wrong on so many levels, like a Driver's Ed reel against the evils of noir.

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    • Damecia Jackson
    • 5/1/06

    This is an excellent movie with Virginia Mayo at her best.

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