Browsing through YouTube I found this 1944 film noir starring Edward G. Robinson (real name Emanuel Goldenberg), and directed by Fritz Lang.
In fact, this film was one of the first to be termed “film noir”. From Wikipedia:
The term “film noir” originated as a genre description, in part, because of this movie. The term first was applied to American films in French film magazines in 1946, the year when The Maltese Falcon (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), Laura (1944), Murder, My Sweet (1944), and The Woman in the Window were released in France.
The story was pretty standard, and quite predictable for the most part, often spelling out key points for the audience very clearly. The acting was fine, Edward was doing his usual thing, and Joan Bennett as the femme fatale was worthy to play opposite Eddie.
The story got more and more suspenseful as it went on, even though it was clear where it was going. But, the ending was one of those “It was all a dream” endings so that was disappointing. The way the ending was going up until that point was pretty tense, and had it concluded normally it would have been a bittersweet ending, which is how the book this film was taken from ended. The ending though was changed by Fritz to conform to the Production Code.
This gets 95% on Rotten Tomatoes which is more than I would have expected, mostly because of the ending, and films like The Maltese Falcon or Double Indemnity (I must watch it again, fantastic film) are much better. Still, it was a good film.
Date watched: August 20th
Film count 2017: 93