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Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

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Danny Haley's bookie operation is shut down, so he and his pals need money; when Danny meets Arthur Winant, a sucker from out of town, he decoys him into a series of poker games where eventually Winant loses $5000 that isn't his...then hangs himself. But it seems Winant had a shadowy, protective elder brother who believes in personal revenge. And each of the card players in turn feels a faceless doom inexorably closing in. Dark streets and sexy torch-singer Fran lend ambience. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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17 October 1950 (USA)  »

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La main qui venge  »

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Although done in medium long shot, it's obvious the man in the car is not Heston, but a stunt double. See more »

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Capt. Garvey: Are you clean, Haley?
Danny Haley: Immaculate.
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THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics Johnny Mercer
Performed by Lizabeth Scott (dubbed by Trudy Stevens)
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Heston's star turn top-notch, but story isn't
19 June 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Heston does a marvelous job is in his first star turn. Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, and Ed Begley lend impeccable supporting work. Don De Fore is re-teamed with Lizabeth Scott for the first time since You Came Along. Scott (Dead Reckoning, Strange Love of Martha Ivers, I Walk Alone, Stolen Face) is one of my all-time favorite femme fatales. Dieterle's direction is fast-paced and interesting throughout. Unfortunately, the whole turns out to be less than the sum of its parts.

The problem is in the inconsistent and unimaginative script. It's really a pedestrian tale of revenge with a miscast Mike Mazurki -- not a true film noir as it is normally billed. The parade of musical interludes is annoying. The chemistry between Scott and Heston doesn't work. And, the ending is a real letdown.

Chalk this one up as a well-acted and well-directed misfire.


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