Legendary filmmaker Fritz Lang directs this psychological thriller about an unassuming college professor (Edward G. Robinson) who becomes involved with a beautiful model (Joan Bennett) and finds himself ensnared in a web of blackmail, deception and murder.
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I prefer this movie to Scarlett Street for a number of reasons. Joan Bennett is much nicer to be around, Edward the O.G. is not such a loser, and Dan Duryea doesn't have to die. Plus it's got a bit of the old Wizard of OZ in there.
An interestingly laconic, if not a bit lifeless, paranoid thrilled from Lang. There's an endearing middle-aged frumpiness about the film's moralistic narrative thread, but it's under-explored once the murder cover-up begins. I suppose that tone is what led to the casting of Robinson, however I would have preferred someone a bit more manic to really sell the tension and encroaching dread of being caught.
Perfect Hitchcockian suspense -pre Dial M for Murder- until last 15 minutes. One of the biggest disappointments of film history. What was that, "It's a Wonderful Life?" Suspense to comedy? That is why only one Hitchcock all we have.
Not as great as SCARLET STREET but still a very good Fritz Lang film of the WWII period. Count the number of doors (figurative or not) Edward G. Robinson has to open or close during the movie, it’s amazing ! Highly recommended.