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- kevin sellers
Yet another noir absurdly overpraised by Eddie Muller. Where he sees a "small gem" I see medium grade paste. Two problems with this film. One is Steve Fisher's screenplay, which Muller says is "crackling", but which I found to be, in the thirty minutes of it I could stand, expositional and ponderous. The other flaw is the absolute lack of acting talent of Belita which renders the task of believing her as a dangerous sociopath difficult in the extreme. I do, however, agree with Eddie M. that both Harry Neumann's camera and Preston Foster's performance are solid. Give it a C.
- kevin sellers
Eddy M thinks this movie is a "small gem", but to me it's medium grade paste. Main problems in the thirty minutes I watched of it were Steve Fisher's screenplay, wildly over praised by the Noir Alley host, which I found to be both expositional and ponderous, as well as the absolute lack of acting ability by Belita, which renders the task of believing her as a possibly dangerous sociopath difficult to the max. However, I do agree with Mr. Muller that the cinematography by Harry Neumann and the performance of Preston Foster are solid. Give it a C.
Not Believable Enough
- DON RILEY
Thank you Eddie Muller for what I would call a very informative Intro. The love between Preston Foster and Belita is just not believable, enough. Foster who has the perfect temperament for playing opposite the untrained Belita but he's just too old. Yes, young women and older men can bond in a love relationship but there is so very little love chemistry in this film. Foster plays this more like a father or policeman, than a lover. Well, enough of that , for the moment !. I felt that most of Belita's movements and reactions were directed. They didn't seem as natural and most were in fairly long shot or posed. That's not to say she is "bad" because she actually is not. She is "bland" and very natural, but extremely consistent and very attractive. Actually she is a little too outstanding. She comes out of the film. Making the movie more of a "Belita" movie than anything else. I liked it, actually could watch it again but I just can not buy the love affair part, it just didn't look like to me, I had major trouble in accepting that .
I had never seen Belita before this film. I found her fascinating on the ice and fascinating as a person. What an incredible artist. I will look forward to any future films, especially "Suspicion". She was such a beautiful dancer.
Belita was a graceful, lovely young woman; and while not the most talented screen actress, she had a natural presence that is the one bright spot in this reed-thin, threadbare film. This movie is about as 'noir' as an episode of "Car 54, Where Are You"; i.e., not noir in the least. Black & white film stock and a few 'rain on windowpane' shots doth not a film noir make - and Eddie Muller really has to stretch to get this one shoehorned into Noir Alley.The plot is less than credible... but that's nothing compared to the casting, which is flat out ludicrous. As the lovesick cop Johnny Saxon, Preston Foster looks to be not merely Belita's father, but her doddering ol' granddad, if not just Chester the Molester pursuing his young prey. The 'love scenes' between the two are the opposite of electric - sodden would be a more accurate adjective. Cringeworthy is another.Throw in the 'happily ever after' ending, which lets the painted himself into a corner screenwriter off the hook far too easily, and you've got yourself a genuine clunker. It gets two stars only because I really like Belita - she reminds me (wistfully) of a girlfriend from my college days, to be honest - and because I'm just feeling a bit generous today. Charles McGraw also does a short bit that instantly elevates the movie for the 90 seconds or so that he's onscreen - and that could merit a star all by itself.
Too Bad Belita Didn't Have a Better Film Career
Liked the Foster/Belita relationship.Maybe not total noir,but good flick.Hope this plays again and soon.Twice in 24 hrs not enough.
- Lee Hewitt
Interesting movie....a little unrealistic, but good and noir. Never saw a criminal brag about his whole crime, murder and all. Just spilled, with no force....Ending was abrupt, but relief for the two main characters who struggled. Maybe a lead up to the ending, might have made it more real.Definitely enjoyable, good acting.