And yet another example of a film from the Golden Era that would never be made by a big studio today. Man, these guys had balls and stood for something. They made people think. Now they make people dumb.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Peck's character was a solemn, touchy and pious dick, not worth navigating through a mine field to engage. I would've loved to have seen this end with both Jews and gentiles hating Peck's character but I lost interest before I got halfway through. Points to John Garfield and Celeste Holm's characters/performances but beyond that I don't really care aside from its ultimate message.
anglo-saxon pretends to be jewish for a week so he can write an article about the prejudice jews experience. possibility of just getting an actual jew to write the article never occurs to anyone. zero stars
I'm not used to getting hit over the head by brilliance this quickly or hard. I'm not used to it. Fuck you Elia Kazan, fuck you, you are too talented, your films are too timely and perfect rendered. I don't know what you guys are talking about. This film is not dated or preachy. Anti-semitism is still alive and well today-- imagine what it was like in 1940's America. Shit was rough. This movie had balls. (9.7/10)
I had forgotten how fine Dorothy McGuire is in this. I'm on her side...Peck's character is indeed a combative bore....his treatment of his secretary is grotesque. Celeste Holm is a psychopath...a whole noir could be built around her unstable character.