With true misanthropy dripping from Rossen’s screenplay and the ugliest bunch of character actors at disposal it’s hard not to be thrilled by these somewhat unfashionable elements. We are promised a masculine hell and it delivers. Until the weak finale it’s an exceptional example of the savage philosophy and political acuity that could infect the most generic of sea faring genre flicks of ol’.
Melodramatic but entertaining. Really enjoyed Edward G. Robinson, but Ida Lupino is given nothing to do (probably more frustrating as this was shown as part of a Lupino season). Some memorable dialogue which sits in that sweet spot between great and awful. Likable.
How can you not like Eddie G and Julie G facing off. Eddie out does him in the bad ass Dept. But John does his simmering sexual savageness that he started before Monty, Dean, or Brando to perfection.Why don't I give his 5 stars?Hell I don't know. Just cuz it's a "classic" with three of the best "classic" performers of "classic" cinema and chock full of WB "classic" character actors doesn't mean it's a 5 star CLASSIC
Great film. Garfield and Robinson particularly work well off of each other here. Its easy to see how Garfield became a bit typecast playing similar characters, as hes just so good at playing slightly shady guys with a nothing to lose attitude. Solid direction from Curtiz and Lupino is a good fit for the excon female. All in all, solid flick