- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
- Would You Recommend?
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Some of the details of 1950 culture in the location shots may be nostalgic. Every scene is compelling with a low-budget serial spontaneity. No coincidence the director was DP on Lady From Shanghai and Gilda. The myriad female characters are all interesting, and in the end, this is a love story.
- James Higgins
A very original and fascinating story - the first scene of the film is a classic. It's tense and exciting, wonderfully acted by Edmond O'Brien. Remade with Dennis Quaid and it's not up to this classic. Great pace.
A Solid Noir, Jack - I Mean, Solid!
- Steve S.
Edmond O'Brien gives a solid and convincing performance as the ill-fated Frank Bigelow - a man who doesn't have much time to solve a murder - his own!Mate's direction and Tiomkin's music score accentuate this point with fine detail.
Films were meant to entertain
- Jack The Hat
Most movie goers enter a theatre to be entertained--well this film succeeds in doing that. If you have never seen this film and have a chance to do so--do so. Great entertainment!!!
They done me wrong
Edmond O'Brien, who later would win awards for his performances in "The Barefoot Contessa" and "Seven days in May" gave an outstanding performance as a man who was poisoned and spent his remaining time trying to find out who did it and why. Turns out it was just one of those unfortunate deals of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he is dead anyway.Pamela britton, who would find later acclaim as Blondie and a regular on "My Favorite Martin" gave a passionate performance as his ditsy girlfriend.This was classic film noir and the score was terrific. It really added to the suspense of the film. It should also be noted that the depiction of jazz musicians was a bit racist. The camera angle made them all look as if they were on drugs. Maybe that was common then. It bears more investigation.It is always good to go back to the beginning to see how a film was first handles. Now, I will take another look at the 1988 version with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. I have seen it, but need to refresh my memory. Last years "Crank" with Jason Statham is a modern version of this film.