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Build My Gallows High

Jacques Tourneur USA, 1947

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Goldenes Gift

This may not be the best film noir—The Big Heat is more electrifying, The Third Man more politically astute, etc. But damn if it doesn't check every box like an old pro hitting the marks: grizzled fatalism, flashbacks, hardboiled voiceover, sexy dames you can't trust, a morally necessary act of deception, and a sardonic private eye who figures it all out only to realize he passed the point of no return.