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Year
1951
Runtime
82 min.
Director
Nicholas Ray
Genres
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller, Film-Noir
Rating *
7.4
Votes *
3,950
Checks
987
Favs
84
Dislikes
6
Favs/checks
8.5% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
14:1
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  1. dombrewer's avatar

    dombrewer

    Several things raise this noir out of the ordinary and into the under-rated classic status - Nicholas Ray's clever direction; the beautiful B&W photography of shadow covered city and snow covered countryside; Bernard Herrmann's typically wonderful score and the lead performance of Robert Ryan as city detective Jim Wilson - stonily impassive and impressively grim. Driven by the loneliness of his life and the pressures of his job to a dangerous, sadistic loathing of the criminals he is dealing with, Wilson is sent out of the city for his own good to help investigate the murder of a local girl. His redemption comes in the shape of a blind woman called Mary (Ida Lupino), who knows more about the murder than she initially lets on. It's a shame that Ray didn't manage to stick with the originally planned ending - spoiler but all the same it's a strong film; excellently made and well worth a watch. 6 years 9 months ago
  2. flaiky's avatar

    flaiky

    Starts brilliantly, but goes downhill and feels a bit silly once Ida Lupino appears...the snowy setting is great though. 4 years 3 months ago
  3. few visible scars's avatar

    few visible scars

    Regrettably I feel I have to agree with flaiky .. The idea that a film "goes downhill and feels a bit silly once Ida Lupino appears" should just not be possible.. but her character as an overly angelic 'sweet little blind girl' feels like it's from a 1918 Griffiths film played by lillian Gish and it all goes soggy. I see another person here - dombrewer- tells us there should have been another ending .. I'm off to find out what that was, and if it would have saved this otherwise promising film from the syrup... 3 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #77 in TSPDT 100 Essential Noir Films
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