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The Pay Off (1942)

Passed  |   |  Action, Crime, Film-Noir  |  24 November 1942 (USA)
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The city's District Attorney is murdered, and a newspaper reporter investigates. He starts finding out that everything wasn't quite as cut and dried as it appeared to be.



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Danaro e sangue  »

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An Hour-Killer
4 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

I agree with many of the previous comments about "The Payoff", although I'm just not that enthusiastic about it.

The film is a page straight out of the part-crime-mystery / part-comedy genre of the day. It's true that the dialog is snappy and if you're in the mood it can be quite engaging.

But it's also true that "The Payoff" is really more of a theatrical-style of presentation than film. Lee Tracy immediately goes over the top, and stays there, with a very stage-style performance. Too loud, too gestural, too self-entertaining, just plain "too". The other characters are mostly cliché, too.

I wouldn't avoid The Payoff if you enjoy 40's urban crime features. It's a terrific feature if you're home sick and need to fill an hour. But I wouldn't go to any extraordinary measures to see it, either.

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