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Pitfall (1948)

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John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona ... See full summary »

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John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona Stevens. Her boyfriend has embezzled from a store insured by Forbes' company and has showered her with gifts using the loot. Forbes comes to collect the ill-gotten gifts, but the boyfriend is in jail, and Forbes falls hard for Mona and begins an affair. The only problem is that MacDonald, a private dick who freelances for the insurance company, has had his eyes on Mona first. The obsessed MacDonald turns the soon-to-be-released boyfriend against Forbes. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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A man can be as strong as steel...but somewhere there's a woman who'll break him! See more »


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Caminho da Tentação  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 8, 1948 with Dick Powell, Jane Wyatt and Lizabeth Scott reprising their film roles. See more »

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When Mona goes looking for John at work, his insurance office is open and they tell her he is at home sick. Meanwhile, at home, John asks his son Tommy why he isn't at school, and the kid says it's Saturday. See more »

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John Forbes: How does it feel to be a decent, respectable married man?
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Sordid proto-noir, like In a Lonely Place, but far better...
6 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do not read a synopsis of this film-- I am not writing one-- a lot of the effect is achieved through the surprising trajectory of the movie, which is an excellent proto-noir piece.

The performances are good, and never has Dick Powell been better. I think of this guy in terms of Busby Berkley musicals and the excellent Sturges comedy Christmas in July, but here he turns in a subtle and believable performance that is fresh and modern and far more REAL than many of his contemporaries. This is the kind of thing you'd expect from Bogart or Aldo Ray and I was impressed by his work and the daring piece overall.

It is amazing how much edgier mainstream Hollywood movie were once allowed to be--- nothing like this is coming out as a major release these days.

Striking and authentic.

(I saw a 35mm print of the movie at Anthology Film Archives, N.Y.)


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