Fine if slightly overstrung B noir, and that's a good thing for a Film
Noir film to be, B-ish and delightfully overstrung, i love it!
Yeah, OK, this crime mystery is directed by the A director Joseph L.
John Hodiak (who i hadn't seen before) is good as a neurotic injured
WW2 soldier returning home from Hell in the Pacific to
re-start his old life. Not that easy to do though as he's suffering
from amnesia, the beloved plot vehicle around this time in
Hollywood and also so in the writings of pulp fiction crime master Cornell
Woolrich, and he starts looking for his own identity.
The clues are leading him to a supposedly vanished friend
of his, Larry Cravat, and when he starts looking for Larry he suddenly
finds himself to be followed and beaten up by unknown men, and visited
by the prostitute Phyllis.
What's behind all this then? A lost bag or suitcase with Nazi money
could be the reason to the goings on, and besides that he
starts to believe that he himself could be a murderer.
Will he survive this strange business and will he getting it on with
the Hot nightclub-singer Christy (Nancy Guild)?
A nightclub-singer with a husky voice, amnesia, a bag of money, check,
check, check, but where's the genre staple Flashback?
The script was co-written by i.a. Mankiewicz and Lee
Strasberg and sometimes it felt a bit too literary for my taste, too
highbrows involved with the script could be detrimental for a Film Noir,
slowing things up and making it boring, and i prefer them
to be dirty, dark, desperate and romantic (yes, that could be the epitome
of Cornell Woolrich's writing).
On the other side, the positive one, this film has it's moments of slightly
hysterical melodrama, as the meeting between John
Hodiak's George and Josephine Hutchinson's Elizabeth, a special scene
Presented in 4:3 fullscreen originalratio mono english
audio with english subtitles and a trailer