I accidentally selected this in my “Recommended” list on YouTube, but watched it anyway.
As it turns out, this was Yul Brynner’s first film, and in those days he had hair…
The story was about a drug-lord (Brynner) who stole a large amount of medical opium from a ship, as well as the murder of the ship’s crew member who had helped to get the opium off the ship.
This police procedural was told in documentary style with a chap narrating away throughout the film, making it seem more like a propaganda film for the narcotics squad.
Most of the acting was pretty dull, but Yul was outstanding as the cool, confident, and dangerous drug-lord, kind of like a suave gentlemanly version of Tony Montana.
This was a dark film noir, some scenes were so dark you couldn’t see what was going on (the quality on YouTube was not great either). There was also a fair amount of fisticuffs, and a few people got plugged.
This is not really worth watching except for Yul Brynner, and New York which was mighty impressive even in 1949.
Date watched: December 16th
Film count 2016: 196