It could be a masterpiece but ending sucks. silly politics. it reminded me of Leon (little girl at the stairs, gas mask, fat man) and Bond franchise (Casino Royale, especially) with the opening sequence.
Absolutely terrific film noir, the chemistry between Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake makes the film, they would work together again in 'The Blue Dhalia' and 'The Glass Key.' I think it is unfairly dismissed by some as being slightly lighter in tone for a noir but it still manages some brutal and chilling scenes. The scene where Raven recounts the story of his abusiv mother to a sympathetic Ellen is heart-wrenching.
Gran ejemplar del cine negro. Lake es preciosa, sin embargo, el gran protagonista aquí es un ser de sangre fría, alguien que también desde un principio deja en evidencia una cierta fragilidad. La trama guarda un historial deprimente para este personaje. Muy logrados diálogos y una gran fotografía. Un filme criminal por momentos descarnado y que va encausando a un conflicto nacional que enciende el dilema moral.
In realtà un ***/. Quasi ****.
Noir seminale, venature psicologiche (scusate lo spoiler ma la presenza di un trauma infantile, base per i comportamenti violenti, così come la perdita dei genitori, va scolpito nella memoria). Alan Ladd è fantastico, quasi al suo livello la Lake (qui introdotta da un pezzo musicale fantastico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YCu_NCsd_U ). Bella la regia e la scenografia. Merita
Worth it just for the 'mise-en-scene' , 1942.
Some people take issue with the 'patriotic' plot elements, but these are late in the film & it is worth noting that at the time this film was made, the outcome of the war in the pacific was still in the balance: Battle of the Coral Sea: May 1942, Battle of Midway, June 1942
Starts off so strong. I love the angle of the remorseless killer and the lack of audience empathy created for him, which is a pretty bold choice for the time, but it's all pissed away with some patriotic garbage and a couple of songs.
A true classic in the best sense of the word and a lot of fun. Great acting with a solid, well-paced story. The movie might have made Ladd a star and he's very good in it but Tully Marshall as the cranky old man might have stole the show. He was awsome.