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Steve Keiver, young lawyer working for an insurance company, hears his boss remark that he'd pay a large sum "no questions asked" for return of stolen property to avoid paying a much larger claim. On his own initiative, Steve arranges such a deal, earning a nice commission. But he catches the eye of gangsters who think he's the ideal middleman for future similar deals...many of them. As Steve is drawn in deeper, the police take an interest in him, and he's ripe for a doublecross. Written by
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NO QUESTIONS ASKED is a fine, lesser film noir from the transitional period when dark visuals were still present, but were gradually being edged out in favor of well-lit sound stages. The opening is emblematic of noir, like a pulp novel come to life, and it leads immediately to a flashback. It is true the film as a whole does not live up to the corker opening, however it is far from being a letdown. For one thing, Harold F. Kress moves things along quickly, like a good B-movie director should. The picture wastes no time, and essentially telescopes the romantic interludes. In other words, it's mainly an action picture. And the action is often set in atmospherically interesting places: a sleazy night-spot that feels like a real place, a low-rent dancing school caught in mid-rehearsal, a sinister, dimly-lit indoor swimming pool, and more.
Barry Sullivan, Arlene Dahl, George Murphy are just fine, if not impressive. The real acting standout is Jean Hagen, a performer seemingly incapable of giving less than a superb performance. Hagen enacts her character as though she were in one of MGM's A-films.
Apart from Hagen, there are several worthwhile figures in the supporting roles. Moroni Olsen (the DA from MILDRED PIERCE), charming Richard Anderson as Lt. O'Bannion, Madge Blake (Mrs. Mondello from 'Leave it to Beaver'), Robert Osterloh, Mari Blanchard and the rest. Most fascinating of all is William Reynolds as the impossibly handsome thug/dancer Floyd. Reynolds (20 years old here) would later develop into a good actor with a career largely in television.
Recommended to all noir aficionados
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