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Vicki (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 October 1953 (USA)
The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm.

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Supermodel Vicki Lynn, whose face is seen everywhere, is murdered, and ace homicide cop Ed Cornell cuts his vacation short to take the case personally. In flashback we see how Vicki rose from ambitious waitress to big black headlines, courtesy of clever publicity man Steve Christopher. Now Cornell seems determined to get Christopher convicted in what begins to seem like a bizarre personal vendetta. Is Steve caught like a rat in a trap? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"If men want to look at me. . .why shouldn't they pay for it?" See more »


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$560,000 (estimated)
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Is a loose remake of the film I Wake Up Screaming (1941) with Victor Mature, and Betty Grable. See more »

Quotes

Steve Christopher: Slug me with those, Cornell, and I'll square you off if it takes me the rest of my life.
Lt. Ed Cornell: You're not gonna have a very long life, Stevie. You're like a rat in a box, without any holes. But they're gonna make a hole for you...six by three, filled with quicklime.
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Version of I Wake Up Screaming (1941) See more »

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Give Me the Simple Life
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Music by Rube Bloom
Played at the beginning of the first Club Capri sequence
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Fair remake of "I Wake Up Screaming" marred by bad casting in the lead...
10 January 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Let's face it, ELLIOT REID is the last actor I'd expect to replace VICTOR MATURE as the leading man of VICKI--a remake of the Fox film that starred Betty Grable, Victor Mature and Laird Cregar.

Reid's casting is a fatal blow on the believability of the screenplay that has JEANNE CRAIN and Reid as the romantic interest. On the other hand RICHARD BOONE does a marvelous tough guy job as the police detective in love with "Vicki." VICKI is played in rather tough fashion by JEAN PETERS.

The result: JEANNE CRAIN manages to give the most credible performance in this remake--while RICHARD BOONE is properly menacing as the two-fisted detective, but he's really no match for Laird Cregar.

There's a good film noir quality to some stretches of the film, but the low-key lighting usually so effective in this sort of thing is disregarded with brightly lit scenes most of the time--perhaps the fault of director Harry Horner.

As remakes go, it's fair enough--but most fans will prefer the original.


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