Pretty solid B noir is the latest restoration from byNWR featuring a strong turn by Zachary Scott as a former cop trying to overcome his alcoholism while he looks for his missing son in the underworld of NYC. A little creaky here and there but boasts great locations, some snappy dialogue and good casting. '...ah go away you're wrinkling my stockings...'
Although way above the usual NWR technical standards, this noir still suffers from over-acting and from some schematic characterization of social types; thus, it does not seem to have the tight plot and the menacing twists of what has made noir an important genre. However, it needs to be conceded that the lighting, the editing and the sleazy atmosphere have qualities that guarantee a satisfactory movie experience.
Sometimes it's useful to see the bad ones in order to appreciate the great ones. The music tries hard to tell us this is suspenseful and thrilling, but there's little excitement. The dialogue is interminable--especially the bar scene. The film does have the unusual moment when Thursday acknowledges domestic abuse (40% of police self-report as perpetrators). This is Mary Boland's last film and she is great as Smitty.
LERNER provides a very good noir flick, supported by excellent actors, amoung which Zachary SCOTT & Kay MEDFORD, perfect without having the notoriety of big names of the time, === LERNER fournit un très bon film noir, soutenue par d'excellents acteurs dont Zachary SCOTT & Faye EMERSON parfaits, sans avoir la notoriété des grands noms de l'époque. === https://mubi.com/lists/_zyx-films-noirs-thrillers-gangster-movies
A bit silly, but still charming 1950's film noir. The story is probably the weakest part (not to mention the ending), while other elements are enjoyable - the noir of 1950's NYC, the cast and acting are quite decent too, so is the visual side of things. One of the worthiest NWR restorations I've seen so far.