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Fugitive Lady (1950)
"La strada buia" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  15 July 1951 (USA)
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An insurance investigator looks into the death of a man who drove his car off a cliff in an apparent suicide. After looking into the incident, the investigator begins to suspect it may not ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Binnie Barnes ...
Esther Clementi
Massimo Serato ...
Gene
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Ralph Clementi
Antonio Centa ...
Jeff (as Tony Cento)
Alba Arnova ...
Francine
Dino Galvani ...
Giuseppe
Rosina Galli ...
Teresa
Giovanni Fostini ...
Beppo (as John Fostini)
Lucciana Danieli ...
Maria (as Luciana Danieli)
Michael Tor ...
Bob
Alex Serberoli ...
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Joop van Hulzen ...
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Giulio Marchetti ...
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An insurance investigator looks into the death of a man who drove his car off a cliff in an apparent suicide. After looking into the incident, the investigator begins to suspect it may not have been suicide after all. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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After Eduardo Ciannelli drives off a cliff to his death, an insurance investigator looks into the case
28 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Released in 1951 in the midst of the peak film noir period, "Fugitive Lady" is a fine noir, and we are fortunate that a print has been found and is now in some kind of circulation among collectors. The print I watched was entirely in Italian with clear English subtitles, well-synchronized, in white, although having a few errors in grammar. The print itself was of decent quality.

The film was produced in Italy. The road signs are in Italian. The credits are in Italian. The title means "The Dark Road," and that's the name of the novel from which the movie comes.

My copy runs just under 87 minutes, not the 78 minutes that's listed in several sources, including IMDb.

The film begins appropriately enough at night with rain, a shadowed figure moving among brush and trees against a dark sky with ominous music. Later we discover that this is an insurance investigator looking into the death of Eduardo Ciannelli, whose car went off a cliff. I do not know the name of the actor who played the investigator (character name is Jack DeMarco) because the IMDb list doesn't have this character's name.

Ciannelli was married to Janis Paige, who stands to become a rich widow. She's hated as a golddigger by Ciannelli's adopted sister, Binnie Barnes, who really would like to have married Ciannelli herself. Paige has a serious and long-lived romance going on the side, a somewhat rocky relationship that disturbed her lover when she suddenly married Ciannelli.

Told in true noir style, the film features at least three flashbacks. I lost count. No flashbacks within flashbacks, however. In this way we understand the relationships and wonder how there could possibly have been a homicide when Ciannelli was alone in the car and had been drinking heavily.

The movie contains a good many noir-type scenes with appropriate photography, music and set design, creating the prolonged mysterious atmosphere that such a story demands. Definitely, a "dark" kind of story, far, far more so than another recovered film of that era, which is "Escape" with Rex Harrison.

I recommend this. In fairness, I am a film noir buff, attracted to any genuine noir like this. I do think that the existing rating of 3.9 is hardly indicative of this film's worth, even if I am biased. At worst, it might be rated a 5 for rather stretching the plot point or for being heavy on conversation. However, I do believe that even 5 would be too low.


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