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Flaxy Martin (1949)

Unscrupulous showgirl Flaxy Martin involves young attorney Walter Colby with mobster Hap Richie. A girl is murdered, with the evidence pointing to Flaxy, and Colby takes the rap and gets a ... See full summary »

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Unscrupulous showgirl Flaxy Martin involves young attorney Walter Colby with mobster Hap Richie. A girl is murdered, with the evidence pointing to Flaxy, and Colby takes the rap and gets a 20 year sentence. San Malko gives Colby the clue to the real killer and, en route to prison, he escapes and is found by Nora Carson who shelters him. After escaping from one of Richie's gunmen, Walter heads for Flaxy's apartment, where she admits she double-crossed him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A girl with a heart of ice!


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Roper and Caesar continually address Colby (a lawyer) as "Shamus." A shamus is a private eye; the word they meant to use is "shyster." See more »

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Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
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Music by Harry Warren
Played on the piano in the apartment
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The Man Who Framed Himself
17 August 2003 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Don't be put off by the title: FLAXY MARTIN is the name of the Femme Fatale in one of the better 'unseen' Films Noirs. From the opening shot we are in Noir territory, as a frantic woman calls the police to report a shooting. An oppressive visual style, pulp-novel-like plot and characters, and an intense score from William Lava all add up to a very satisfying 86 minutes.

Virginia Mayo virtually embodies the idea of Femme Fatale as Flaxy. She is cold, ruthless, self-centered, materialistic, and sexually irresistible to the men she manipulates. But this is not Mayo's movie, after all. It really belongs to Zachary Scott. The dashing actor has one of his non-villain roles as a lawyer who has allowed himself to be corrupted by criminal associations. His success in previous dark endeavors gives him too much confidence and, in this story, Scott gets himself into a whopper of a Noir situation. In an attempt to shield his beloved Flaxy from implication in a murder, he confesses to the crime himself. Then the screws are tightened much farther by alienated criminal clients. Probably better titled THE MAN WHO FRAMED HIMSELF, this film is really about the over-confident lawyer's way out of his predicament. Scott is extremely convincing as a man undone and embittered by his own arrogance.

Also on hand is Douglas Kennedy as a looming giant of a crime boss. Helen Westcott gives a memorable performance as a too-confident pawn of Kennedy's. Dorothy Malone is just fine as Scott's deus-ex-macchina, her large eyes searching for solutions. The very fine Tom D'Andrea plays Scott's dependably supportive mechanic friend. He and Malone share an unconditional devotion to Scott: hers rewarded, his forever frustrated. Also noteworthy is Elisha Cook, Jr in his 'bad little criminal' mode, the one we know from THE MALTESE FALCON or BORN TO KILL. Continually pushed around by the Goliath of Douglas Kennedy and the smug dismissal of Scott, Cook eventually gets some terrific screen moments. He rages, sputters, and threatens in this iconic actor's inimitable way. Look for favorite Noir supporters Paul Bryar and Marjorie Bennett to add to this little film's many pleasures.


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