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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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Myron McCormick ...
Charles Riggs
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Angelo Agostini
Winifred Lenihan ...
Mrs. Hartley
Doe Avedon ...
Caroline Riggs (as Betty Harper)
Hedley Rainnie ...
Sigmund Kosterich
Walter Vaughn ...
District Attorney Walker
George Breen ...
Knuckles
Robert Gist ...
Tommy Quigley
Hester Sondergaard ...
Mrs. Borg
Luella Gear ...
Pet Shop Owner
Alexander Campbell ...
Pemberton
Robert Noe ...
Waldron
Alexander Lockwood ...
Nichols
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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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Howard Malloy: Barbara was alive when I passed out. You must have come in here...
Sigmund Kosterich aka Siggy: No! Why would I have waited for you to awaken if I did?
Howard Malloy: Your fingerprints are on this gun.
Sigmund Kosterich aka Siggy: And so are yours.
Howard Malloy: Yeah, but I know I didn't kill her.
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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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