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The Web (1947)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  25 May 1947 (USA)
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An attorney acting as a body guard, apparently kills a man in defense of his employer's life, and later believes the victim was set up to be murdered.

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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Adapted for radio as part of the "Lux Radio Theater" on Sept. 29, 1947, with Raines, Price, and O'Brien reprising their roles. See more »

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Bob Regan: How many doors and secretaries do you have to go through to get to see this guy?
Noel Faraday: Anything I can do for you?
Bob Regan: Any number of things but unfortunately I'm here on business. I want to see Mr Colby.
Noel Faraday: What did you want to see him about?
Bob Regan: Well he's been carrying on with my grandmother, I'd like to find out what his intentions are...
Noel Faraday: If you have any business with Mr Colby...
Bob Regan: I've lots of business but it's all personal.
Noel Faraday: I'm his secretary - his personal secretary.
Bob Regan: Well it just goes to show you how far a ...
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Vincent Price traps Edmond O'Brien in a web
30 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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