it seems each nicholas ray film i watch is better than the last! working with two (usually) wooden leads and a stock gangster plot, he produces a miracle. nearly every frame is something to behold. also, robert taylor's best performance.
Messy script redeemed by some of Ray's most beautiful work. At times it rivals even Johnny Guitar for its use of color. Florid melodrama meets grim noir, and if that combo could never work perfectly, at least Ray makes something fascinating of it.
A decent film from Ray, carried by Charisse's dances and Lee J Cobb, who was always at his best playing undesirables and gangsters. Taylor is awful and louses up the proceedings considerably. Apparently he approached the role very Method like, but unfortunately it just seems a stretch for him. It would be interesting to see what someone like Bogey or Cooper couldve brought to the role. As it is, 3.5 stars.
An uninspiring script covered with colors shining like jewels and evocative cinematography (particularly in the night club scenes). It seems all of us have seen a story like this a hundred times and Taylor seems a bit limp despite being suited to his surroundings with his gorgeous blue eyes, but the opulent style saves the whole thing. You can't get a firm grip of it, but it sure is fascinating. Solid 3.5 stars.
Melodrama and noir intertwining and ending up as neither. I wasn't sold on anything here really, nor the bland cabaret presentation, nor their unconvincing romance, lawyer's background story, and especially it's uninspired ending.