Charmer finds Gable at near the end of his career still fully in… MoreCharmer finds Gable at near the end of his career still fully in command of his star power as a somewhat roguish producer who is juggling both personal and professional issues. Lilli Palmer is an excellent match for him, her continental charm playing off his brusk exasperation with surprising ease. She's so good it's a shame her role is rather small but she makes every moment she's on screen memorable and you miss her when she's out of the picture. Lee J. Cobb likewise makes his modest role seem more than it is by filling it with his magnetic presence. The kind of breezy star vehicle that is rarely if ever made today, spotlighting the star but loaded with talent in almost every role. Competently directed and as an added bonus Ella Fitzgerald sings the title tune over the credits. For Gable fans this is a must!
Intense drama of a man on the run who slowly crumbles while waiting to… MoreIntense drama of a man on the run who slowly crumbles while waiting to escape from the desperate situation he has created for himself. This tense noir was the end of the line for John Garfield who because of unjust hounding by HUAC and the dasterdly Joseph McCarthy died shortly after from a heart attack brought on by the stress. He is exceptional as always supported by three other strong perfomers, Wallace Ford, Shelley Winters and fellow blacklist victim Selena Royle.
Professionally made but ordinary western, the type of journeyman… MoreProfessionally made but ordinary western, the type of journeyman assignment studios put stars in between big budget films to keep them busy and in view.
A bit muddled and creaky but decent crime drama that suffers from… MoreA bit muddled and creaky but decent crime drama that suffers from miscasting in the lead role. Lew Ayres was a fine actor but never convincing as a villian, Cagney should have played the role and the picture would have had much more impact. The actor playing the police chief stinks up the screen whenever he appears with some of the worst, most wooden acting you'll ever see.
Solid drama with EGR memorable in the lead. The tragic Rose Stradner… MoreSolid drama with EGR memorable in the lead. The tragic Rose Stradner comes across well in one of her few films. The only misstep the film makes is the ridiculous moustache that Jimmy Stewart is forced to wear.