A very fine film noir crime-thriller from Fred "High Noon"
Zinneman and with fine acting from the always Über Great Robert
Ryan, Van Heflin and from
a young and gorgeous Janet Leigh. Aaaah, Janet, somehow she managed
to take part in some of my favourite movies of all time, as "Touch
of Evil" by
Orson Welles, "Psycho" by Hitchcock and "The Manchurian
Candidate" by John Frankenheimer, and the trash jewel The Vikings
by Richard Fleischer.
Yes, i love her and in this film, one of her earlier one's, she gets
to put in some fine acting as the wife whose world shatters to pieces
when she hears
the truth about her husband. Van Heflin is good to as a man full of
self-contempt and Robert Ryan is .... Robert Ryan, always a powerhouse
of an actor.
Janet Leigh and Robert Ryan
In the intro of the film, a dark and gloomy NY, we see
a limping man carrying a gun jumping on a Greyhound bus on his way to
California, a long ride.
A very long ride, but the man, Joe Parkson (Ryan) is determined and
he's on a mission, on the trail for his victim.
Next scene: Sunny Santa Lisa, California and Meet the Enley's. Captain
Frank Enley (Heflin) has made a nice career for him, after duty in WW2,
a real estate man with a prosperous future in front of him, and with
a beautiful young wife, Edith Enley (Leigh) and a small kid at home.
Van Heflin and Janet
On a fishing trip Frank sees a tall and grim looking
man following him, and he knows who that man is and why he's following
"He's someone i don't want to see" Frank explains for his
worried wife, and the Enley's world of happiness is about to explode
Janet Leigh actually has the meatiest role, with her portrayal of a
woman who worries over her Captain husband, and at first is worried,
and finally also disgusted. She's the strong one in the family.
The film has a night chase scene through the shadier
parts of (LA?) and Mary Astor can be seen as Pat, the bar woman, and
Berry Kroeger as criminal.
Great acting from all though and a dark noirish atmosphere of gloom
and despair. A very fine Noir by a craftsman and recommended.
The Spanish DVD edition is presented in original 4:3
fullscreen ratio 1.37:1, black & white, and with an english audio