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Walk Softly, Stranger(1950)

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  • walk softly, stranger

    • kevin sellers
    • 5/30/18

    Sort of a kinder, gentler "Shadow Of A Doubt", with a bit of "On Dangerous Ground" thrown in, only not nearly as good as either of those other films, this small town noir features a wonderful Joseph Cotten performance as a man whose cold amorality is thawed via love for a crippled woman, good supporting work from Spring Byington, who manages to make unvarnished goodness interesting, Paul Stewart, who does the same for abject weakness, Howard Petrie as the chief adversary, and properly soft, moody, dreamy direction by Robert Stevenson. Frank Fenton's screenplay is definitely the weak link here. Although there are some nice touches, like Cotten's giving horse racing advice to his lover's housekeeper while banging on pots and pans, and both the heroine and villain sharing a taste for classical music, there are also some story problems, like the too easy way Stewart finds out where Cotten lives ...Cotten's character is simply too calculating to carelessly leave behind a hotel matchbook from his home town...as well as the too early jettisoning of potentially interesting characters like John McIntire's folksy, tyrannical factory manager, and having certain scenes that we look forward to, like the death of the cowardly, smarmy Stewart, occur offscreen.. Chief among Fenton's sins is a crashingly dull romance between Cotten and Valli. Not only is there a lack of sexual chemistry between them...no wonder Valli went for Orson Welles rather than ol Joe in "Third Man"...but in their scenes together Valli's dialogue is flat, with all the good lines going to him, and as a result she comes across as a beautiful stick. And the unconvincing happy ending, designed to uplift, instead is a bit of a downer. Give it a C plus.

  • magical act..

    • a.morris
    • 5/16/18

    so smooth..any other comment I would make would vanish.

  • Worth A Viewing

    • KatSummers
    • 9/26/12

    All star cast. Great Director.

  • WALK SOFTLY, STRANGER

    • sally
    • 9/26/12

    I LIKE JOSEPH COTTEN AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF HIS MOVIES ON DVD.

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