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I have trouble equating this film with the other works of Fritz Lang. Did he do this on a bet that he could take a cast of good actors and make a boring movie? Well, he won the bet.
This is basically the story of inter-office politics in a large newspaper empire as the main protagonists vie for the job of Executive Director (I thought that the head honcho at a newspaper was the Editor). The catalyst is the infamous Lipstick Killer murders and all concerned are trying to beat the others to the punch by solving the case and thereby securing the sought after position. Not a bad premise but it just 'aint working here.
Dana Andrews plays a star reporter who drinks way too much (art imitating life) and plays around on his girlfriend. Vincent Price is the spoiled owner of the newspaper who is married to the two-timing Rhonda Fleming. George Sanders is his usual suave self.....and Thomas Mitchell is.....well, just Thomas Mitchell. Ida Lupino is a catty and not-so-nice columnist and her real life husband, Howard Duff, shows up as the police officer. And then there is John Drew Barrymore (famous son and father) as the killer. What a strange dude! It all sounds good, right? Wrong!! It drags, it gets a little bit silly and you really don't care who gets the stupid job anyway. And Lang said that this was one of his favorite films. He must have been in his dotage. There is no comparison here with his master works of earlier times.
It's not a complete waste of time since there are fine actors here doing their best. Some might like it but it is sadly lacking in excitement and the Fritz Lang magic.
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