Messenger asks a friend to check into a list of names before leaving on a trip. When his plane is blown out of the sky, the matter becomes more serious. As his friend checks into the list, each seems to have died in mysterious circumstances.
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Good mystery thriller filmed with some distanciation by John Huston. as the post final credits sequence confirms it. Joseph MacDonald, in charge of the photography department, proposes two or three scenes that could have been found in a Val Lewton production. Robert Mitchum is the only star I recognized among the cameos. So if you want to pass an agreeable evening, take a look at this rare little gem. Recommended.
Drama that plays on appearances, this is expertly handled in terms of the noir atmosphere and the curious proceedings that will lead to the revelation not only of the culprit but of a stellar cameo cast in mundane roles. Yet, if Huston's ploy is a bit predictable, its unintended message reveals the true mask in the glittering smile of the unmasked Hollywood star and, thus, it serves, unwittingly, a critical goal.
Atmospheric mystery drama. The cinematography displays a strong influence from, and respect for, the classic RKO B-movie productions of the 1940's/early 50's (e.g. Nicholas Musuraca, who collaborated with Jacques Tourneur). Yes you can also play 'spot the cameo', but the gimmick thankfully doesn't get in the way. A solid rarity, well worth a watch.