In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's ... See full summary »
Leopold Kroner, formerly of Colby Enterprises, is released after five years in prison for embezzlement. Andrew Colby, claiming that Kroner has threatened him, hires lawyer Bob Regan as a secret bodyguard. Sure enough, Kroner turns up in Colby's room with a gun, and Regan kills him. Then Regan, who sticks around to romance Colby's secretary Noel, begins to suspect he's been used. Written by
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"The Web" is a film noir of the classic era. It's not a classic itself, but it has both the look and the plot of a film noir. The sparring romance between O'Brien and Ella Raines lightens the story somewhat. The overall result is not what I'd call a minor noir, because it's more than that, given the tight plot, the well-rounded cast, and the smoothness of execution. I'd call it simply a lesser noir or a second-tier noir, as compared with the top-tier biggies.
One can savor the fine performances of Vincent Price, Ella Raines, William Bendix, Edmond O'Brien and John Abbott.
O'Brien, a struggling lawyer, takes a temporary highly-paid job as bodyguard to shady businessman Vincent Price. In no time at all, he has killed Price's former business partner who has been released from jail after serving time on a bond counterfeiting rap. Cop Bendix thinks the whole case and this killing smell. Feeling the pressure, O'Brien struggles to break free of the web engineered by Price. Meanwhile he's courting Raines, who is Price's secretary. Their on-again, off-again relationship hangs by a thread at times.
In the last third of the story as O'Brien attempts to get the goods on Price, Price ups the ante, making the web even stronger.
This film, more than competently scripted, staged, acted and plotted, affords a good deal of pleasure.
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