A fine example of film noir, a genre I'm woefully unfamiliar with. Really enjoyed the performances of MacMurray, Stanwyck and especially Robinson (who comes across very Poirot-esque). Stunning lighting, costumes and music but I found myself at a strange distance. Maybe it's the dialogue or the bitter cynicism, but something kept me apart and I'm not sure why.
3.5. It is a very fun, tight, terse film noir, and it's clear why it's held to be one of the best. But I'm hesitant to give it a higher rating over the fact that I couldn't gather MUCH of a theme from it. There does appear to be a lurking one about the fact that the characters are ultimately hindered by not being AS awful as they think themselves. No one commits to that trolly to the grave.
Enjoyed this far more than I expected. You can call me a philistine (and you'd likely be right), but movies older than the 1950's/60's aren't usually my thing. Usually I find the performances too mannered. This, however, has a genuine tension which sticks in your craw, if you can ignore the way the male lead says 'baby' that is. Almost docked a star just for that, but then you'd *really* think me a philistine..
One of the greatest film noir - and one of the great films full stop. Wonderful Wilder sourness, superb dialogue, the often underrated MacMurray shines as the hapless doomed patsy, Stanwyck is amazing, and you get Edward G. Robinson too. Shocking, and so much fun.
Oh Bebe. Dripping with Chandler dialogue, the first scene between our main pair is a joy. Back and forth like sparring boxers. I've seen the film many times and it still suprises me. Wonderful. Can't believe it didn't win the oscar, it went to Bing Crosby being a priest. Oh Bebe!
This film kept me somehow hooked. Interesting thrilling plot. Compared to the bullshit Hollywood is producing nowadays, this film had a solid story. Couldnt help thinking - boy, if they just had mobiles!I was kinda disappointed from the finale, as if theyd hurried up to end it. The story develops quite nicely but the end spoiled it. And thoses silly "shooting" frames, and those naive unconvincing embraces.