The film that start the shyrocketing of Bogey to the top star in Hollywood history. Walsh was a master at handling gangster films and this is no exception. Putting Bogart together with the always-icy Ida Lupino produces great results.
Classic crime drama highlighted by the star presence of Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. It's sometimes stagey and slow-paced, and it spends a bit too much time on a sympathetic subplot - but the characters are intriguing and there are several memorable moments. Not among the best, but solid Golden Age filmmaking.
On the back of a double bill with White Heat it can't help but feel neutered. All the structural elements of tragi-noir exist, but it's afraid to commit any real crimes. I mean, Bogey gets PARDONED from prison and spends most of his time trying to cure a club foot? The setting pays dividends by the ending.
Un excellent thriller qui permet à Humphrey Bogart de donner toute la mesure de son indéniable talent grâce à un solide scénario repris ultérieurement par Raoul Walsh lui-même, en 1949, sous le titre de "La fille du désert" et par Stuart Heisler en 1955 avec "La peur au ventre." Un classique du film noir des années 1940-1950... www.cinefiches.com
A solid crime drama, but some of the supporting characters seem like caricatures from a gangster film spoof. Lupino and Bogart are in top form though, and I particularly enjoyed the location shooting at the end. See They Drive By Night for perhaps a better Lupino-Bogey film, although this one is not to be missed for fans of Bogey, as it really shows his star on the rise.
The film that made Bogart a star also plays as an elegy to the gangster genre that made Warner Bros, a success in the 1930s. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2010/01/brother-when-they-hang-that-no-1-tag-on.html