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The First Person (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short | 4 April 2004 (USA)
Film noir. Los Angeles, 1948: Three guys, a girl, a body - and a bag of money. Two friendships are put to the test as a murder investigation leads to a dead-end web of fear and desire.

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Detective Tom Burroughs
Chad Tillner ...
Steve Roper
Hilary Hesse ...
Jean
Tony D'Arc ...
Jerry Kramer
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Film noir. Los Angeles, 1948: Three guys, a girl, a body - and a bag of money. Two friendships are put to the test as a murder investigation leads to a dead-end web of fear and desire.

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The movie was shot in a construction warehouse in Rainbow, with "Roper's Room" still being used to repair broken construction equipment. See more »

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If you like film noir 07 June 2009
6 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful short film by Producer/Director Stephan Szpak-Fleet. Change the date to the 1950's, cast Veronica Lake, Richard Conte, Fred MacMurray, and you would not know the difference between this fine short film, and anything produced at that time.

The film is a classic tale of murder,money,and double-crosses.Unlike other modern attempts at film noir, that rarely compare to the originals,this film pulls-off the genre quite well.

With a fine script by Robert Fleet, and some first rate acting, this film does not disappoint. Hilary Hesse is particularly good, delivering the dialog if she spoke in that "film noir" manner her whole life.

If you are a fan of Ed Begley Jr. you will really enjoy his work here. The only nod to the modern era, and a wonderful touch, is a hint of graphic novel (long before"Heroes"). Director of Photography David C. Smith captures the look and mood perfectly. I highly recommend this film.


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