Ruthless (1948)

Sharkishly handsome Zachary Scott is right in his element in the Eagle-Lion melodrama Ruthless. Told in flashback, this is the story of the rise and fall of unscrupulous financier Horace Vendig (Scott). Hiding behind a veneer of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1948
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Ulmer's approach is monumental and detailed, baroquely gestural and coldly violent.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Complex, richly directed tale of a millionaire's rise to power and those he exploits.

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TV Guide

A compelling gothic melodrama that charts in flashback the life and career of a hard-hearted tycoon, played to the hilt by perennial screen-heel Zachary Scott.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A masterful trashy Gothic B-film character-story melodrama directed with vigor by the noted cult filmmaker of cheapie films from Poverty Row, Edgar G. Ulmer.

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jay nixon
Few were better at being a suavely contemptible worm than Zachary Scott as he proves he yet again. Good old fashioned melodrama about an amoral man's climb… More
Stephen Earnest
The message at the center of "Ruthless" may seem dated and unoriginal given how much time has passed since its making, but it's still just as… More
Brett Warren
Ruthless (A.K.A The b-grade Citizen Kane) tells the melodramatic tale of a sweet little boy who grows up to become a heartless caricature of a businessman. Why?… More