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High Wall (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 December 1947 (USA)
After a brain-damaged man confesses to murder and is committed, Dr. Ann Lorrison tries to prove his innocence.

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Dr. Ann Lorrison
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Willard I. Whitcombe
Dorothy Patrick ...
Helen Kenet
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Mr. Slocum
Warner Anderson ...
Dr. George Poward
Moroni Olsen ...
Dr. Philip Dunlap
John Ridgely ...
David Wallace (as John Ridgeley)
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Dr. Stanley Griffin
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Kenet
Vince Barnett ...
Henry Cronner
Jonathan Hale ...
Emory Garrison
Charles Arnt ...
Sidney X. Hackle
Ray Mayer ...
Tom Delaney
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Richard Kenet (as Bobby Hyatt)
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Steven Kenet, suffering from a recurring brain injury, appears to have strangled his wife. Having confessed, he's committed to an understaffed county asylum full of pathetic inmates. There, Dr. Ann Lorrison is initially skeptical about Kenet's story and reluctance to undergo treatment. But against her better judgement, she begins to doubt his guilt, and endangers her career on a dangerous quest through dark streets awash with rain. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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So tense! So taut! It closes in on you like a high wall!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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17 December 1947 (USA)  »

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Anklage - Mord  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its USA television premiere on Monday 15 October 1956 on KTTV (Los Angeles); its New York City television premiere took place on 24 February 1957 on WCBS, and in San Francisco on 4 February 1958 on KGO-TV. See more »

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At around ten minutes, a group of doctors are looking at Kenet's skull x-rays. The x-rays are hung behind the illuminated frosted glass panels - so that we can see the x-rays, but the doctors could not. And the x-ray as we see it is oriented correctly to show a left side hematoma, but to the doctors, the x-ray is reversed meaning the hematoma would be on the right. See more »

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Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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A Legal Conundrum
11 March 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Robert Taylor in High Wall finds himself accused of wife Dorothy Patrick's murder. A head injury resulting from service as a pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater has rendered him susceptible to blackouts. When Patrick is strangled Taylor is a prime suspect, especially after he's caught racing from the crime scene.

It's a legal conundrum he's in. That head injury may just make him temporarily insane and Taylor's committed to a mental institution. There he meets psychiatrist Audrey Totter who's committed to rehabilitating him and loving him, not necessarily in that order in a given time in the film.

Though the story tends to go into the melodramatic the cast, especially Taylor give fine performances. I'm sure Taylor's background in the Navy during World War II helped him appreciate the plight of returning veterans like himself. Look also for great performances by Herbert Marshall as Patrick's boss and Vince Barnett as a blackmailing janitor with arthritis.

High Wall was Taylor's second film upon returning to MGM and it marked a step up from his first film Undercurrent. It still holds up well today.


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