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Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins,
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First feature film from director Fred Zinneman is a snappy little "B" feature that features Van Heflin as the head of a city crime lab who solves the murder of the town mayor by analyzing evidence from the crime. Written by
This early film from Fred Zinnemann has some swiftly edited bits and tautly done sequences, but they are intermittent, and the film does not really showcase the skill that Zinnemann would display in his later films - however that is not to say that this is a bad film. It is rather decent viewing, with an interesting twist on the usual detective storyline, that being that the actual killer is revealed to us earlier on, which places us in the position where we are wondering when he will be caught, rather than who exactly is guilty. The film also uses a lot of science, and while this an element that makes it different to the usual detective stuff, the science is overly complicated and not really well explained. It is mainly the early revelation of the killer that this film is noteworthy for. It is rather obvious at times, and the dialogue is often lame, but for Zinnemann fans it should be quite decent viewing, and even for general fans of its type of detective film, it is probably worth a look.
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