A child killer is loose in the streets of L.A., and the police seem unable to catch him. When they try to compensate for this failure by making constant raids on the criminal underworld, one of the bigwigs of the latter decides to catch the murderer himself. —Scifilm.org
Joseph Walton Losey (January 14, 1909, La Crosse, Wisconsin – June 22, 1984, London) was an American theater and film director. After studying in Germany with Bertolt Brecht, Losey returned to the United States, eventually making his way to Hollywood.
While in Hollywood, Losey co-directed the original U.S. production of Galileo, by Brecht, with Brecht himself as the other co-director. Charles Laughton, who had worked with Brecht on the translation / adaptation, performed the lead role. In the context of that production, Losey also made a half hour film based on Galileo’s life.
During the McCarthy Era, Losey was investigated for his supposed ties with the Communist Party and was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses. His career in shambles, he moved to London, where he continued working as a director.
Even in the UK, he experienced problems: his first British film, The Sleeping Tiger, a 1954 film noir crime thriller, bore the pseudonym Victor Hanbury… read more
To shoot the remake of Fritz Lang's M (1931) may seem as incongruous in itself as to produce the remake of Thelma and Louise or A Clockwork Orange today but, strangely, I quickly forgot M's glorious predecessor during its viewing. True that a few scenes suffer from the comparison, true that David Wayne doesn't have Peter Lorre's aura but also true that Joseph Losey clearly wanted to show that the 1951 Los Angeles could be compared to the 1931 Berlin, at least in terms of people's behaviour and social decay. I also liked a lot the last scene, completely different from Lang's, with this intoxicated and disenchanting lawyer denouncing his boss in front of a delirious M. Recommended to Film Noir aficionados.