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Cornered (1945)

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Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

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Walter Slezak ...
Melchior Incza
Micheline Cheirel ...
Mme. Madeleine Jarnac
Nina Vale ...
Señora Camargo
Morris Carnovsky ...
Manuel Satana
Edgar Barrier ...
DuBois, Insurance Man
Steven Geray ...
Señor Tomas Camargo
Jack La Rue ...
Diego, Hotel Valet (as Jack LaRue)
Gregory Gaye ...
Perchon, Belgian Banker (as Gregory Gay)
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Marcel Jarnac
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On being demobbed at the end of the war, Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard returns to France to discover who ordered the killing of a group of Resistence fighters including his new bride. He identifies Vichy collaborator Marcel Jarnac, who is reported as dead himself. Not believing this, Gerard follows the trail to Argentina where it is apparent that Nazism is also far from dead. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Luther Adler is given a special solo credit card at the film's conclusion. See more »

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In the window of the Bern insurance company, the German word for insurance, "Versicherungen" is misspelled "Vesicherungen". See more »

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Melchior Incza: There are still one or two good things left in this sordid world if one knows where to look for them. I'm afraid, however, that the quality of the liquor is holding up better than the quality of the women. You an American?
Laurence Gerard: No.
Melchior Incza: Good. I find Americans a little abrupt in their approach to both subjects.
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The hero suffered throughout from bouts of tired headaches - so did I
10 October 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Powell completely reprises his performance and almost his role as Philip Marlowe in "Farewell My Lovely". His very human blundering fallible down-to-earth world-weary performance served him well in the earlier movie set on home ground in the USA. Here it becomes monotonous when it continues unchanged throughout World War, 10,000 miles of travel and 10,000 feet of celluloid. To be fair he was not aided by, as just one other reviewer noted, a largely B movie supporting cast including a femme decidedly not fatale - and a plot with just a series of small squibs rather than any impressive explosions. Apart from Walter Slezak there were no interesting characters - none of the voltage that might have been supplied by Edmond O'Brien, Sydney Greenstreet, Claude Rains - and of course Bogey. It was neither grand fiction as was "The Maltese Falcon" nor a believable semi-documentary as was "The Third Man", illuminating some murky corners. The movie was a rather tiring journey which seemed longer than its 102 minutes. And the end of the villain? They pulled their punches on that one. The movie is rather grey throughout - watch only if outside the weather is even greyer. Or if a Noir fan who wants to complete his or her collection.


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