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Jigsaw (1949)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  11 March 1949 (USA)
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New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy investigates a series of murders and uncovers an extremist group.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron McCormick ...
Charles Riggs
Angelo Agostini
Winifred Lenihan ...
Mrs. Hartley
Caroline Riggs (as Betty Harper)
Hedley Rainnie ...
Sigmund Kosterich
Walter Vaughn ...
District Attorney Walker
George Breen ...
Robert Gist ...
Tommy Quigley
Hester Sondergaard ...
Mrs. Borg
Luella Gear ...
Pet Shop Owner
Alexander Campbell ...
Robert Noe ...
Alexander Lockwood ...


When the owner of a printing shop is found dead, the District Attorney assumes that it was a suicide. But the Assistant D.A., Howard Malloy, suspects that there is a connection with an extremist political group called the 'Crusaders'. When a journalist whose articles had attacked the Crusaders is also killed, Malloy is convinced. With help from the widow of a prominent judge, he conducts an investigation. As he does so, he meets a peculiar political boss and also an attractive night club singer, each of whom could become either a source of help or a source of danger. Written by Snow Leopard

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11 March 1949 (USA)  »

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Gun Moll  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Small Noir; Big Stars
25 November 2006 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

JIGSAW (1949)

** 1/2 (out of four)

After his reporter friend is murdered, a D.A. goes off looking for the killers. Once again, the 1940's delivered all sorts of gems within the noir genre. This film here has quite a good reputation but I personally found it to be quite slow and boring in spots. The performances are all good but the director isn't able to get much out of the story and in the end nothing makes too much sense. Seeing stars like John Garfield and Henry Fonda is always great but their cameos add very little to the film.

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