In the wake of World War II, recovering GI George Taylor can’t remember anything about his former life, but he’s determined to jog his memory. Clutching two letters that are his only clue, he sets out for Los Angeles to find himself.
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The best use of the amnesiac plot device that I am aware of. The film has a "The Best Years of Our Lives" feel to it, but with darker noir storyline. Mankiewicz would go on to make far better films, but this is an often overlooked noir that really captures an outlook and feeling of the immediate post-war era.
An intriguing if familiar premise of a man returning home from war with amnesia, trying to piece his life together. John Hodiak does well as that man and Mankiewicz successfully maintains a tense atmosphere throughout the film.
Souvent décrié par la critique de l'époque, ce second film de Joseph L. Mankiewicz est loin de mériter autant de discrédit et d'opprobre et reste donc une honorable incursion dans l'univers du "film noir" qu'il serait dommage de négliger... www.cinefiches.com