A plot as thin as a cigaret paper & male characters without consistency. Only the community life of girls is interesting, as the lustful look of LANG on women. With Nat KING COLE himself .... === Une intrigue aussi mince qu'un papier Rizla & des personnages masculins sans consistance. Seule la vie en communauté des filles est intéressante, comme le regard avide de LANG sur les femmes. Avec Nat KING COLE himself ....
Despite an intriguing premise and the potential for an examination of sexual politics, this one suffers from nearly the same issue that spoiled the potentially mesmerizing "Woman in the Window" nine years earlier.
The first half hour is among the best work of Lang's American phase, a smart and well-drawn look at sexual tension (and a predator-prey dynamic) in age-of-innocence America. But after that, it becomes a more routine and less interesting noir, with an ending that can't help but feel a little like a cop-out.
A solid noir effort by the master of sound and shadows. Truth be told, this felt like Lang was on auto-pilot. Nothing about reaches the height of his great work. Nevertheless, the plot is still really engaging and it continues to show Lang's sympathetic view of criminals, who are hunted like beasts in our society. In all, it's definitely worth a watch but I doubt it will linger in my memory like his other thrillers.
Loved the atmosphere and the musical score. The appearance of Nat King Cole as himself is certainly a bonus too. Even though the movie is captivating thanks to Lang's direction and a talented cast notably Raymond Burr and Ann Sothern, the storyline is ultimately predictable.
An afterthought in the career of Lang, justifiably overshadowed by the same year's The Big Heat. Lang made this one just to fulfill a contract, but it comes out better than it should have. Minor Lang, possibly minor noir, but still entertaining.