Wow, Carol Marsh is sooo radiant! Radioactive, really. A very unusual actor that she can find those very particular places in her heart and then project it. Her magic surely inspired the lighting, and not the other way round. Hermione Baddeley should have immediately been given a script for another movie where her character’s citizen sleuthing and campaigning for justice was the main plot. She has gravitas and humor!
Released as Young Scarface in the U.S. Baddeley's "brassy" vibrancy is the perfect foil for Attenborough's edgy intensity but the rest of Pinkie's reluctant gang are colorful too. Per Wikipedia, Marsh beat thousands for role of Rose, but she had a difficult time during the filming and later claimed to have never seen the film because she "couldn’t bear to." Sad footnote on an otherwise interesting film. 3.5 stars
Strange how everyone calls this a film noir. It's visually too bright, and it's not cynical, pessimistic, or defeatist. This is just a black and white crime film, albeit it a fairly good one. The plot and supporting actors are quite competent. What really elevates this film is the stellar performance of Richard Attenborough as the sociopathic Pinkie Brown. This is one of those rare films with perfection on display.
Near the end, the nun talks about "the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God." I think we all need a little of that strangeness. Dickie is quite good in this little thriller where he seems to be channeling Peter Lorre. He's a live wire bursting with nervous energy.
I just love Graham Greene stories, so perhaps I am biased in my review. This is a great little British noir with a fine early performance by Attenborough. This is one Greene novel I havent read, but I heard the ending was changed. Still a good film, even with alterations to the source material.
A Freudian story with a 17 years old bad boy who kills his substitute father, his older pal Spicer and is chased by his substitute mother, artist/hooker Ida Arnold. It's a film noir without shadows, a flat movie. Recommended though because it's a rare pleasure to rediscover Brighton in the year 1947.
Periodic strong segments and some good performances still don't bring this film as a whole above a mid-level production. Worth watching, but only occasionally riveting. Very interesting to see the young Richard Attenborough as the gangster Pinkie Brown. I think Johnny Depp might have modeled some of his performances at least partly on Pinkie Brown.