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|12.23.07||Netflix|| The third Bogey/Bacall movie, this one notable for having the first half hour or so told from Bogey's POV then the next half hour with him in face bandages from plastic surgery. I bet the studio bosses were thrilled at the prospect of not seeing their leading man's face for two thirds of the movie but hey, Bacall looked better anyway. It's also kind of notable because for the most part Bogart plays against type here. Usually he knows all the angles and stands as a pretty tough guy but here he's all the way into the vulnerable innocent man role trying to get by in a world that's out to dick him.|
And dick him it does. Maybe the best thing about this movie is the constant sense of threat out in the real world. Every random guy coming up to the camera and talking to prison-escapee Bogey seems like he's a mob knee-breaker taking five to get coffee. This guy gets NO breaks. Noir staple, sure... but that doesn't mean it's any less effective.
Pretty much all the supporting players are really good, smart script, gorgeous photography boh with all the tricks in the first act to pull off the first-person POV before there were hand-held cameras and with all the location work in San Francisco, wonderful score by Franz Waxman. Even Basically a prime example of Golden Age studio filmmaking. Great movie