Joe Sullivan is itching to get out of prison. He's taken the rap for Rick, who owes him $50 Grand. Rick sets up an escape for Joe, knowing that Joe will be caught escaping and be shot or ... See full summary »
Joe Sullivan is itching to get out of prison. He's taken the rap for Rick, who owes him $50 Grand. Rick sets up an escape for Joe, knowing that Joe will be caught escaping and be shot or locked away forever. But with the help of his love-struck girl Pat and his sympathetic legal caseworker Ann, Joe gets further than he's supposed to, and we are posed with two very important questions: Is Joe really the cold and heartless criminal he appears to be, or is there a heart of gold under that gritty exterior? And does Joe belong with the tough, street-wise Pat, or with the prim, moralizing Ann? Written by
Martin Lewison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Raw Deal is Anthony Mann's 1948 crime noir follow-up to the slightly better T-Men. Again it stars James Cagney-wannabe Dennis O'Keefe this time as bad apple Joe Sullivan. Escaped convict Sullivan, after a criss cross, is being chased by both the police and the mob. He becomes a lambster with two dames one bad -co-star Clair Trevor (so deliciously evil the year before in Born To Kill) and one good. Like all noirs, the bad girl is always the most interesting. Trevor plays her part perfectly as the love-starved and none-to-bright Pat. The plot is your basic noir - criminal on the loose. What sets this and other Mann movies apart are the interesting camera angles and black and white photography from cinematographer John Alton. Never satisfied with conventional camera setup, Alton always made Mann's films look great. Also worth mentioning is an incredibly brutal scene featuring baddie Raymond (The Blue Gardenia) Burr splashing a flaming drink into a woman's face. It's shocking to say the least.
"I told you he had a cash register mind. Rings every time he opens his mouth."
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