A former Spanish Civil War prisoner, John McKittrick arrives in New York to find the truth behind the death of his friend Louie Lepetino. He finds himself being chased by Nazi agents who want an item he has brought back from Spain and cannot give up. When another of his friends is murdered, McKittrick realizes that he cannot trust anyone around him - not anyone. Written by
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Martha O'Driscoll is listed in the records as "Whitney Hamilton," but she is called Whitney Parker (Ab Parker's cousin) in the film. See more »
The Bust which is knocked through the window and crashes out on the street appears in it's original position in the next shot. See more »
John 'Kit' McKittrick:
Finally here to us
What is it you really want?
John 'Kit' McKittrick:
The girl that looks like you shouldn't ask a question like that and you know why
No, you stare at me at the refugee dinner and it wasn't just a way a man looks at a woman. You went out of your way to find who I was and where I worked. You came to the hat shop only to see me and you didn't ask me out tonight just because your lady out of town. What is it you want?
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Opening credits: "...in a world at war many sparrows must fall ... See more »
Long before the "method" style "invaded" the acting profession, there were many equally fine performers which came before the mid-'50s "movement."
These "predecessors" didn't wear their craft-on-their-sleeve as much; in fact, many (like Tracy, Ryan, and Cagney) behaved so naturally, it was as though they were speaking their own lines. One such earlier talent was John Garfield.
A consummate performer, Garfield could seemingly do no wrong--not make one false move. In film after film, he didn't appear to be acting; rather he was just "being" the character.
Although "The Fallen Sparrow" isn't one of Garfield's greatest parts or films, he's on target in every scene. Yes, it's called "talent, star quality," and Garfield's got "it."
With a respectable "noir" script, and peopled with a solid cast of leads and supporters, "Sparrow" manages to engage the attention and create genuine interest throughout. A good looking, sharp and crisp, black-and-white production design enhances this presentation, which also features the always dependable Maureen O'Hara and Walter Slezak.
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