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Cornered (1945)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  25 December 1945 (USA)
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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 ...
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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Just before Laurence Gerard is struck a second time with a pistol, Luther Adler orders the thug "Casse lui la gueule !" meaning "Beat him up!" 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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Marcel Jarnac: I'm afraid the Anglo-Saxon is a poor fanatic. He only takes action when you disturb his visceral emotions. He thinks with his gall bladder.
Laurence Gerard: [Sarcastically] We're stinkin' poor fighters too! We got lucky and plastered you off the map by accident.
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Dick Powell in anti-Fascist intrigue in Buenos Aires
4 February 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Buenos Aires enjoyed a vogue (so far as the movies were concerned) in the mid-1940s, providing the locale for Notorious, Gilda and Edward Dmytryk's Cornered. In all three, it serves as a sort of terminal moraine for Nazi refugees from the shambles of the Axis powers.

Dick Powell continues his transformation from lip-glossed song-and-dance man for Busby Berkeley into a five-o'clock-shadowed tough guy, a makeover he had begun the previous year as Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet (also by Dmytryk). Here he's a Canadian Royal Air Force veteran who ends up in Argentina, via France and Switzerland, on a mission to avenge the murder of his war-bride wife. He enters a whirl of black-tie affairs in cavernous mansions (those Nazis knew how to party) and a nest of duplicity surrounding the mysterious, and presumably dead, war-criminal-in-chief, known as Jarnac -- the object of his deadly hunt. An at-first bewildering cast of sinister operatives gradually sorts itself out into villains (Walter Slezak the most memorable of them) and members of an anti-Fascist group; Powell, the while, skulks along the moonlit streets of the city in pursuit of Jarnac's "widow."

Dmytryk displays his pioneering flair for noir devices, keeping the atmospherics and tension high. He's let down a bit by the murkiness of the plotting, where the political theme emerges and disappears, leaving abstract stretches of suspense that might as easily have taken place in Boston or Bombay. And it's hard to buy into the convention that, in rooms blazing with gunfire, the red-blooded American will always prevail by means of a manly sock to the jaw. Somewhat dated by its wartime politics and its roots in the international-intrigue genre, Cornered remains a solid piece of work by both Dmytryk and Powell.


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