This Side of the Law (1949)

Yeesssss, gorgeous Viveca tops the role list in an obscure B-Noir. Not to be missed

US Warner Brothers Archive Collection DVD-R

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YEEES, thanks Warner Brothers Archive Collection for bringing this wonderful piece of delightful Noir trash into the light

This is GOLD for every true lover of forgotten Film Noir, these obscure treasures for so long hidden on dusty archives shelves and now
restored and released for consumption on DVD-R discs. Just glorious.
Forgotten gems, really? Yes, for lovers of the Film Noir anyway and even if this film is a B movie, with some tilt to the C, it's very entertaining
and delightful in a good bad way. It has some pizzazz to it with a high-strung Kent Smith in it, and he's always enjoyable to watch. It has stage
scenery of the sky with very noticeable joints, a toy model of a house, a cool well (maybe Hideo Nakata saw this film before making Ring) and,
a huge thing for a Swedish Film Noir lover, it has got ....

The Gorgeous Viveca Lindfors in it, our somewhat forgotten 1940's export to Hollywood, aaaaah those eyebrows, yummy yum!

The Lovely Viveca

In the 1930's we had the supernova Greta Garbo. In the 1940's we had ditto superstar Ingrid Bergman, and besides Ingrid we had, in smaller
parts the well respected and great character actress Signe Hasso, and then we had .... Viveca.
In Sweden she was famous for her 1940's melodramas with actor Georg Rydeberg and these film was constantly shown on Swedish TV when
i was a kid, and i remember that i thought she was hot. Yes, she was HOT but at that time, she came to Hollywood in 1946, she wasn't a good
actress really, sorry, that's my opinion, but to be clear - I LOVE HER, and she mainly acted in B movies.

I haven't seen that many of her american 1940's and 1950's movies to be honest, i remember seeing her in a bad western (i think, but it could've
been Mai Zetterling perhaps), in William Dieterle's 1951 Dark City and then in this one.
As a young actress she wasn't that great as she lacked some charisma, some pizzazz, and her heavy Swedish accent bogged down her
performances a bit. But she was OK and beautiful to behold. She had an interesting life and married the great Don Siegel, Master of the Crime
Action and she became an acclaimed theatre actress. In her old days she also had become a GREAT actress as can be seen in the scary 1990
The Exorcist 3 by William Peter Blatty and in Claudio Guerín Hill's 1973 La Campana del infierno (A Bell from Hell).

This Side of the Law

It was a dark and stormy night .... and on a cliff at the sea there's the mansion Sans Souci and on it's grounds there's an old and deep well, and
at the bottom of it .... there's a man. His name is David Cummings (Kent Smith) and he narrates in Film Noir style - "I Got Other Names Too,
Sucker is One
". How did he get there? In an inevitable Flashback we get to know. How the out-of-job hobo David Cummings was arrested for
loitering and how a lawyer suddenly turns up and bails him out and gives him an offer. An offer too good to resist.

He's a doppelganger to the missing millionaire Malcolm Taylor, a man that went missing almost 7 years ago, and David is to act as the rich man
when he returns to the mansion. He has to deceive his wife Evelyn (Lindfors), his brother (John Alvin) and his mistress, the wife of his brother,
Nadine (a pretty cool Janis Paige).
But Why? The lawyer Robert Douglas) don't want the millionaire Malcolm to be declared dead after being missing for 7 years and because
some other scheme. Will the false Malcolm continue his love affair with Nadine and being the family tyrant or will he surprise everyone with
showing some love for his since long ignored wife? No, nope, impossible, how could he be interested in the HOT beauty Lindfors, no way.

Well, a killer is on the loose and who-dun-it? Kudos to Angel The Dog playing the dog and don't miss the ridiculous miniatyre model of the
mansion on the cliff or the clearly visible joints in the background stage scenery of the sky. A very entertaining Crime Noir this is.
WB presents this film in original 4:3 fullscreen ratio 1.33:1, black & white, english audio DD mono and with no extras

 

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