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The Invisible Wall (1947)

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A former GI returning from the war gets back his old job working for a bookie. Dispatched by the bookie to deliver $20,000 to a contact in Las Vegas, he foolishly loses some of the money at... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
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Virginia Christine ...
Mildred Elsworth
Richard Gaines ...
Richard Elsworth
Arthur Space ...
Roy Hanford
Edward Keane ...
Marty Floyd
Al Conway
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Bledsoe
Harry Cheshire ...
Eugene Hamilton
Rita Duncan ...
Alice Jamison
Harry Shannon ...
Det. Capt. R.W. Davis
Earle S. Dewey ...
Doctor Winters (as Earl Dewey)


A former GI returning from the war gets back his old job working for a bookie. Dispatched by the bookie to deliver $20,000 to a contact in Las Vegas, he foolishly loses some of the money at the gambling tables, then loses the rest of it to a conman. His attempts to recover the money result in his getting involved in mistaken identity and murder. Written by

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Don Castle tries to recover his boss's money he lost gambling and to a conman
12 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Invisible Wall" is a must for fans of film noir who are going after the b-noirs. It's one of my favorites. That's due to the complex twisty story, which sees Don Castle facing big problems, the 40s atmosphere, and most especially to the presence of Castle as the lead. The year 1947 was a peak year of production for noirs, so the atmosphere was easy to come by. Sol M. Wurtzel produced this picture for 20th Century Fox. He did a number of such b-noirs, like "Roses Are Red", "Backlash", and "The Crimson Key". There are some that are hard to find that I've yet to see. This entry doesn't have noir photography as a strong point. However, it's lit and photographed appropriately for the story without doing any exceptional shadowing.

Castle starred in a number of good noirs like this one, such as "The Guilty", "High Tide", "Roses Are Red" and "I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes". Castle has a strong screen presence, what with his deep voice, sturdy build and vulnerable character. I find it easy to feel his characters as sympathetic, even when they have weaknesses and make blunders. We understand where they're coming from. Not all actors have this sort of screen appeal and carry this off the way that Castle does. His supporting cast here is strong. It includes Edward Keane as his boss, Jeff Chandler as a Keane enforcer, Richard Gaines as a conman, Arthur Space as another conman, and Virginia Christine as the unhappy wife of Gaines. Christine later became famous as Mrs. Olson on commercials for Folger's coffee. This was Chandler's first movie on which he received cast credit.

Castle returns from the war and goes back to work for an odds-maker bookie (Keane). Keane entrusts him with $20,000 to travel to Vegas (The Flamingo) and make a payment to a client. Castle, something of a gambling addict, is reformed -- up to a point. But he's sorely tested when the client is delayed for a week. He gambles away $5,000 of his boss's money. To make it back, he invests another $5,000 in a fake mining enterprise very cleverly put over by Gaines.

After that, the story twists occur rapidly as Castle attempts to recover the money. His difficulties look insurmountable. In fact, the story opens with police arresting him for a murder, which he admits to, and then we see a long flashback.

The title probably refers to the divide that separates people who lead ordinary law-abiding lives from those whose lives merge more with shady or underworld practices. In one scene, Castle brings this out quite clearly.

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