A modestly successful psychological drama cum Noir with good supporting performances, and one particularly nifty, snappy scene of a blustering attorney repeatedly misidentifying the doctor - it's the one moment when this movie hits us with snappy dialog, and it's very fun.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. If it weren't for Audrey Totter (admittedly not her best performance, but still a noteworthy one) and Curtis Bernhardt's amazing direction High Wall would've been a total waste. Between Robert Taylor's deranged eyebrows the the ridiculously predictable plot (I knew how it was going to end 45 seconds in) and overall dullness, High Wall was pretty disappointing.
**1/2 The title of the film refers to the walls of the county asylum and to the hero's amnesia. Medical students may find attractive this ode to the benefits of Pentothal but certainly not amateurs of film noir. However I liked Herbert Marshall and his lassitude. Already forgotten.