A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation. To investigate the case more ...
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A renowned and relentless Paris detective takes his first vacation in eleven years at a small inn in the French countryside. There he meets and falls in love with the hotelier's daughter, ... See full summary »
Joseph H. Lewis
Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?
A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation. To investigate the case more efficiently, Dan O'Hara, an FBI agent, and Philip Grayson, a Scotland Yard sleuth, join forces. Will they manage to stop the spy ring from achieving their aim? Written by
Dennis O'Keefe and Louis Hayward track down commie spies
"Walk A Crooked Mile" (1948) is a well-done noir, start to finish. Among noirs, this one does not make it into lists of best or lists of favorites even though its quality is very good. This just goes to show you how high the general level of noir film quality was in the classic era. The story falls into several noir categories: Red scare, spy and police procedural. It's not preceded by a foreword from a government official. It has narration, more at the outset, from Reed Hadley, who has an official sounding voice. The whole movie is photographed by George Robinson in beautiful noir style using San Francisco locations. Tight direction owes to Gordon Douglas, and coincidentally I referred to his "fine direction" recently in reviewing "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs" (1970), which was 22 years later. The movies of Douglas flow beautifully, precluding dull moments and interludes. The story in this case breathes life into its familiar plot points through detail, suspense and fine acting in both large and small parts. Definitely recommended.
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