When her older sister Jacqueline disappears, Mary Gibson is forced to leave her private school and decides to travel to New York City to look for her. A bit naive and out of her depth, she is not quite sure how to go about finding her. Eventually she meets Gregory Ward, her sister’s husband and a mysterious psychiatrist, Dr. Louis Judd who claims to know of Jacqueline’s whereabouts. What she doesn’t realize is that her sister became involved with devil worshipers who now want to eliminate her for having revealed their existence. —IMDb
Mark Robson (4 December 1913 – 20 June 1978) was a Canadian-born film editor, film director and producer in Hollywood.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, he moved to the United States at a young age. He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles then found work in the prop department at 20th Century Fox studios. He eventually went to work at RKO Pictures where he began training as a film editor. In 1940 he worked as an assistant to Robert Wise on the editing of Citizen Kane in addition to several other films. Both he and Wise benefited tremendously from producer and screenwriter Val Lewton, who promoted Robson from film editor to production assistant and later as director. In 1943, at the insistence of Lewton, Robson assisted Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur in a series of low-budget horror films produced by Val Lewton, including Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie. Later, Lewton was instrumental in promoting Robson to the director’s chair for films such as The Seventh… read more
A 1943 movie about Satanists in New York City that just as often feels like a forgotten noir classic, rather than the dread-horror film it is. Horror noir. All of Lewton’s strengths as writer/producer/auteur are on display. Full review ("The Message? Death is Good."): http://mubi.com/reviews/28999
Incoherent, uncontrolled, and frequently clumsy; but also a quantum masterpiece where beauty and sublimity pop in and out of existence faster than you can measure it.
This is an instant favourite, filled with scenes I'll be thinking about for weeks.
The speed is unusual and disorienting. Every scene in the first half proceeds comprehensibly from the next, but every event feels sudden, almost like a non-sequitur, and it creates a sense of dreamlike dislocation. Which for me lessens as what's going on becomes clearer, though the last shot brings it back. Need to see again.
A 1943 movie about Satanists in New York City that just as often feels like a forgotten noir classic, rather than the dread-horror film it is. Horror noir. All of Lewton’s strengths as writer/producer… read review
‘Hollywood’ in the ’30’s and early ‘40s was a producer’s industry thanks to the production line ethos of the major studio’s. In the days before the ‘director-as-auteur’ became the standard model of… read review
This film was shot in LA on RKO soundstages but everyone agrees, including John Ashberry that this is one of the greatest New York films of all time. From the way it captures the tension in riding… read review