Frank Bigelow, homme d'affaires, vient de découvrir qu'il ne lui reste que quelques heures à vivre. En effet, on vient de l'empoisonner avec un produit dont il n'existe aucun antidote. Il va tout faire pour que ses assassins soient arrêtés ..... Superbe film noir ! www.cinefiches.com
Un film noir bien logrado, aunque sin ser de los mejores del género. La premisa se plantea desde el principio y se va desarrollando hasta llegar a un giro dramático que el espectador no espera, y que constituye el fnal de la trama, donde todas las piezas quedan en su lugar.
Had been a lot of years since last seeing this one and frankly it was far better in memory than the visit today. Once considered a classic of film noir the film now seems a touch over baked and often corny. Don't fault O'Brien in the lead who is quite good but just the scripting. Director Mate has far better films in the resume from when he was a cinematographer.
By introducing the main dilemma in the first scene and then rewinding to before that dilemma actually comes into play, the film inadvertently diminishes the first third since the audience will now pay less attention to the relationships and will instead impatiently await for the reintroduction of the problem. This is a shame since the 2 thirds that follow are some of the most fatalistic and explosive of any noir film
The main title sequence is a brilliant example for the absorbing effect of a well-considered congruence between music and body/camera movement: Bigelow marching through the corridors of the police department in perfect coordination with the music of Dimitri Tiomkin and - at last - slowing down (like the music does) just before entering the homicide office.
An engaging slice of high-noir to accompany the recent low-noir of 'Detour'. Memorable mostly for its set-pieces - the opening, the running scene - rather than for its fairly generic action staging. O'Brien is shifty, Brand is wacko, Adler is urbane. The ending is surprisingly callous.
Really really enjoyed this film (that's what counts at the end) loved Edmond O'Brien performance. The scene running on the street (where you can see it is real) is really well made. The last scene with Blade Runner's building is amazing. This film is one of those gems which deserves more credit and is a pleasure to watch. An amazing surprise and definetely one of my favourite classic movies ever. I Love MUBI :)
A very clever storyline and an excellent performance from Edmond O'Brien as Frank Bigalow. This is vastly superior to the 1988 remake starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. However, the wolf whistle side effects used while Frank is staying in San Francisco were not only irritating and totally unnecessary but they also detracted from the atmosphere of the film.
It is really a shame that the second part of this film indulges in the who-made-what-to-whom routine, because it was on it's way to become my favorite film-noir ever. The list of entailed characters could have been reduced a lot without the coherence of the script been hurt. And that's all the bad things I can say about this gem of a movie. LIFE! LIFE! LIFE!