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Flight from Destiny(1941)

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  • flight from destiny

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/10/14

    My main criticism of this movie is that it doesn't feel like a movie on the big screen, but rather has the shut in, small scale feel of a decent but not inspired episode of one of those fifties/ sixties TV anthology series (Playhouse 90, Dick Powell Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, you know the drill.) The main reason it's watchable is the main character, the dying professor/murderer. As played by Thomas Mitchell he is just decent enough to be sympathetic and just creepy enough to be distasteful. You both like him and are glad you don't know anyone else like him. Excellent performance. Mitchell was always such a solid co star it's good to see him carry a film, even if it's not top drawer. Ironically, his co stars don't have much to do, though, which is another problem with this film. It's a one trick pony. The lack of development of the subsidiary characters is especially hard on the gal whom Mitchell kills because he feels she is pure evil, and it doesn't matter if he's caught, 'cause he's dying anyway. While Mona Maris has the proper snake like body and femme fatale air to play venomous she is never shown doing anything even remotely malevolent, unless you consider art forgery and having an affair to be that, which I don't. Give it a C plus.

  • First Time Too

    • I_Fortuna
    • 12/12/12

    I believe this is the first time I have seen this movie and I was riveted. Thomas Mitchell was a brilliant actor. I loved him in this movie. Of course, Geraldine Fitzgerald was superb and I am a fan of hers also.I enjoyed this movie so much and for me, the ending was not predictable. The writing had many twists and turns and kept my interest throughout with the dialogue and great direction. I recommend this movie for the acting as well. I think most people will find it entertaining to say the least.

  • Powerful character study!

    • RedRain
    • 12/12/12

    Saw this film for the first time today and I was absolutely blown away by the premise. Thomas Mitchell is excellent in this starring role, as a professor with a short time to live who decides he can kill a woman who is blackmailing one of his favorite married students. While he believes he is doing society a favor by killing the conniving woman, he doesn't count on the fact that the married lover will be implicated and arrested, nor does he see the long-term effect of his theory that society can do without this type of person. Thomas Mitchell is superb as the dying professor here. His talent as an actor is finally able to be showcased and he excels. I would expect this premise here in the 21st century but, for it to be raised in the 1940s, it is just unbelievable that a studio would have touched it. I am so glad they did!

  • Interesting But Unusual

    • Todd
    • 4/12/07

    This movie must stand as one of the more unusual offerings from Warner Brothers during the early forties. The premise is interesting and Thomas Mitchell is always a treat to watch, but it all seemed a bit too bizarre even though you can't help but watch! Watch for yourself and see what you think.

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