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- kevin sellers
The Hitler allegory, as per most allegories, is extremely heavy handed and I can't make up my mind whether Richard Dix is effectively creepy or just your standard great silent actor who couldn't make the transition to talkies. Great knife fight at the end between him and the mute, but you have to wade through a fair amount of boredom to get there. All in all, I'd have to say that this is middle level Lewton. Give it a C plus.
Similar to Mutiny on the Bounty
This is the same plot idea as Mutiny on the Bounty.
Heart Of Darkness
Enjoyed this tale,narrated by mute crewman.Thought a young Steve Forrest was a crewman,at least someone who looked like him.I recommend a look.
The Ultimate Scene Stealer
I really wasn't sure what kind of movie I was watching to begin with. It was so bland I thought it might be a TCM Extra. (Not that TCM Extras are bland.) I also thought maybe it was a learning message movie, but then it kept on going and going and I couldn't discern any type of moral. I think I finally got clued in as to what this movie was all about when I saw that extremely large and shiny knife. The knife spoke straight to me and gave me quite the start. In fact, it stole the whole movie for me and I can't stop thinking about it even now.
So so Lewton
I am a fan of Val Lewton's work. He was able to do a lot with a little and several of his movies are extremely memorable: especially the Cat People, and the Body Snatcher.This is second tier Lewton. It is moody and strange. But on the whole seems like more will happen than does. I know that is typical of Lewton's films but this one seems to miss a bit. Still the fight scene at the end is truly weird and worth the waiting.