A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.
Crowds flock to a carnival sideshow to see "The Starving Man", a heavyset man who claims he can go 70 days without eating. However, a couple of murders occur at the carnival, resulting in the police becoming involved.
A man hires a hitman to kill him so his wife can collect on his life insurance. He changes his mind, but he must get to the killer and tell him so before the killer gets to him first. Written by
Hammer Studios was Yet to Find its Niche and Managed to Make B-Films of Different American Genres in Their Pre-Horror Boom. The Studio's Late Entries Into the Noir Cycle were Not Bad but Still a Day Late and a Dollar Short.
Even the American Born Genre of Film-Noir was Showing Signs of "Evolving" or "Devolving" into More Palatable Pictures in that More Optimistic and Eisenhower Friendly "Crime Dramas" and All but Abandoned the Cynicism and Dark Undertones of the Best of the Noris.
Here there are a Couple of Scenes that Remind of What those Dark Films Offered, Like a Nightmre Alley with a Killer on the Loose and a Claustrophobic Greenhouse Finale that Highlight.
Dane Clark does a Fine Job as a Fate Gone Wrong Businessman and Shows Some Range. The Supporting Cast Not So Much as Most of the Characters are Shallow and Purely Pedestrian.
Worth a Watch for Hammer Completest and B-Movie Crime Fans, but by 1954 Film-Noir was Turning into Something Different and This One was Caught on the Edge of the Transition and While Nothing Special, it is One More that Can Be Put on that List of Film-Noirs that have Many Entries that Simply Seem to Fit Arguably and Not Comfortably.
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