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This film is carried on the strength of Powell's magnetic performance.
This is an easy film to forget if it weren't for yet another very nice performance by William Powell. In fact, without Powell there just wouldn't be much of a film as he single-handedly carries the movie. And, for that reason, it's a decent time-passer worth seeing.
Powell plays a sharp-talking salesman type--a guy who can sell practically anything to anyone. While he's been pretty willing to hawk just about anything, this time he becomes excited as this time he starts to believe in the product--a new synthetic rubber. But, over the course of the film, he starts to realize that all his VERY high-pressure salesmanship might just be for what could be an outright fraud. What's he to do? In many ways, this film is reminiscent of "Boiler Room", as in part of the film you see a huge room filled with slicksters on the phone--saying just about anything to sell shares in this company. Interesting and worth seeing.
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