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Build My Gallows High

Jacques Tourneur USA, 1947

Jonathan Kelsall's rating of the film Goldenes Gift

Sharp remarks, a doe eyed femme fatale, a PI that can hit a witty comeback as well as a fast right hook and a crime boss that thinks it's all a game. Perhaps not the best noir but possibly the most perfect to encapsulate the genre. Mitchum and Douglas constantly trying to out act one another in this complex tale of backstabbing and frame set ups, where the mood is set by the lighting and the glow of a cigarette.