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- kevin sellers
A good man turning bad and a bad woman turning good meet, fall in love, are at first happy and then miserable. Nice simple story that is generally well handled by director Harold Daniels and cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca. And though I'm not quite as enamored of the screenplay as is Eddie Muller...crime boss Kendell Webb and Joe's partner should have been much more vivid characters...and car chases through the LA river leave me dry, I mostly enjoyed the moral twists and turns of Charles McGraw and Joan Dixon, particularly McGraw, who is to noir as mesquite is to Texas bbq. Give it a B plus. P.S. I do agree with Muller about that last shot of Dixon walking away in the concrete riverbed smog. Kinda reminds me of the last shot of 'touch Of Evil" with Dietrich. Could Welles have seen this B picture?
Whatever happened to the great Lowell Gilmore?Here,he's suave gangster who is in cahoots with his girlfriend-on-the-sides new man,plotting a railway heist of old bills,untraceable,and could not help to think why his life was cut short at 53,having to retire in 1957 for what I can see as chronic health issues,as he looked sickly in his last few roles.This was a great film noir,definitely McGraw's film.Great supporting cast.
Now This Is More Noirish
Enjoyed Chas McGraw,Dixon too under Howie Hughes" influence,another career he destroyed,yes,sorta Harvey Weinstein.Loved Lowell Gilmore as the baddie with a brain.
Typical film noir
Good performances by McGraw and Dixon made the movie worth the watch, even though I found the ending predictable.
Interesting title sequence leads into an exciting first scene. Unfortunately the movie doesn't sustain the promise of it's beginning. Worth watching for the beautiful Joan Dixon.
A rare performance by Joan Dixon, with Charles McGraw, in an RKO gem.