Just a few minutes into this I could tell this was going to be excellent watching, which it was the whole way through.
This is a 1950 crime noir film starring Dana Andrews who was at the time a major star, and it is easy to see why. He played a Dirty Harry kind of police detective who has an extreme hatred for hoodlums and gangsters, and has a reputation for roughing them up. By accident he kills a criminal after slugging him, and he decides to cover up what he has done.
It is one of the grittiest films I have seen so far, mostly due to the well written dialogue and acting from Dana Andrews. There was very little violence, and only one gunshot in the whole film, but as we know with Tarantino films, dialogue trumps violence if it is done right (Tarantino still keeps the violence though).
Like many top quality noir films this is dark, and mostly filmed at night, and there was some great lighting in some scenes. This was directed by Otto Preminger who also directed films such as Laura, The Man with the Golden Arm, and Anatomy of a Murder. He also played the camp commandant in Stalag 17.
Excellent stuff, and I would love to this this on the big screen.
Date watched: January 18th
Film count 2017: 15