I found this to be an excellent Noir, hurt only by the silly action in its climax. The film's dialog is great, full of subtext and innuendo. Howard is a great lead. The best part of the film is the section where the woman asks him to kill her husband. That could be a film all by itself.
Corn-ball imitation of Hollywood noir cornball. Formulaic, as film noir needn't have been but almost always was. Low-grade acting. Implausible plot development – stumbling on a disgruntled wife wiling to kill her drunk husband... what a reach. Terrible acting and implausible depictions by actors who at least seem way, way older than supposed to be.
They didn't make you a fugitive. Can we take some personal responsibility here? Didn't your parents tell you not to hang with criminals? Haven't you seen any movies? These things always go wrong. Be an adult and stop blaming other people for your weaknesses. And you know what they say about revenge? "Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord". Do you really feel better now? Don't you feel a little empty? Bad criminal!
Reminds me of the 39 Steps for its good-guy fugitive rambling through the countryside, and of Notorious for its ritual re-defeat of evil Nazis ("Narcy"...). Aside from Trevor Howard, I thought there was a strong performance by Celia Johnson, doing a voice I'd never heard from her before.... but turns out CJ has a lookalike called René Ray?
I'm familiar with Trevor Howard only through his supporting role in "The Third Man." He makes a dynamite leading man. One theme does link the two movies: friends fall out over moral differences and both end up hunted. The brutal treatment of women is shocking, though the horror is greater as much is implied (the idea of the belt is terrifying). The final rooftop grappling is divine as staged around the RIP sign.
such a mean little movie! seen it many times, but somehow it's always surprising; full of strange little lines and moments, great set-pieces, and twisted behavior. narcy, the villain, is just so perfect-- almost supernaturally evil, but still completely believable. it's a weird mix, not sure how they pulled it off. and i do love that RIP sign!
***1/2. I loved the scene when Trevor Howard meets a woman who accepts to help him on the condition he murders her husband. Very British, isn't it? Now, it's interesting to compare They Made Me a Fugitive with American Film Noir of the same period. While prostitution and drugs are mentioned freely in Alberto Cavalcanti movie, Hollywood had to cope with censorship and delivered most of the time only tasteless films.
'It is later than you think' Dynamite UK noir from director Cavalcanti adapted by Noel Langley from the novel by Jackson Budd. Fantastic script that keeps the viewer engaged with no small thanks to the atmospheric visuals and the top casting including Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones and a wonderful Sally Gray. A shame Cavalcanti made so few features in Britain and his career never really took off after his emigration.