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Cornered (1945)

Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), John Wexley (story and adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Laurence Gerard
Walter Slezak ... Melchior Incza
Micheline Cheirel ... Mme. Madeleine Jarnac
Nina Vale ... Señora Camargo
Morris Carnovsky ... Manuel Santana
Edgar Barrier ... DuBois, Insurance Man
Steven Geray ... Señor Tomas Camargo
Jack La Rue ... Diego, Hotel Valet (as Jack LaRue)
Gregory Gaye ... Perchon, Belgian Banker (as Gregory Gay)
Luther Adler ... 'Marcel Jarnac'
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Storyline

On being demobbed at the end of the war, Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard returns to France to discover who ordered the killing of a group of Resistence fighters including his new bride. He identifies Vichy collaborator Marcel Jarnac, who is reported as dead himself. Not believing this, Gerard follows the trail to Argentina where it is apparent that Nazism is also far from dead. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

11 March 1946 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Acorralado See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Four men involved in the making of "Cornered" were later blacklisted for Communist activities: producer Adrian Scott, director Edward Dmytryk, and actors Morris Carnovsky and Luther Adler. See more »

Goofs

When Gerard goes to break into the Bar Fortuna, he uses his Luger pistol to break the lock on the sliding window. He first removes the magazine, but does not clear the chamber. He then smashes the lock, and replaces the magazine. Only then does he operate the toggle link and a shell can be heard hitting the sidewalk. In short, he smashed the lock with the pistol still loaded. See more »

Quotes

Laurence Gerard: What are you, French or German?
Melchior Incza: I'm an epicure.
[He offers Gerard food]
Laurence Gerard: No, thanks.
Melchior Incza: A camp follower of culture. My blood is a mixture of excellent European vines. My ancestots have always been less interested in a woman's nationality than the quality of her complexion.
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Referenced in Crossfire (1947) See more »

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Corner flick...
29 November 2011 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this war-set film noir with avenging angel Dick Powell continent-hopping to track down the shadowy Nazi commander who ordered the killing of his young wife.

The plot is a bit labyrinthine and probably peopled with too many characters but director Dymytrk keeps up the tension throughout and genuflects regularly in the direction of film noir with shadowy shots a-plenty, a mysterious woman who may or not be on Powell's side as well as Powell's turn himself as a sort of amateur private eye, getting deeper and deeper out of his depth as he closes in, he thinks, on his prey.

Powell doesn't do hangdog like Bogart or style like Grant, but he's deadpan and feisty by turns and does a reasonable job carrying the film from chapter to chapter. I also liked Walter Slezak as a sort of younger version of Sydney Greenstreet, trying to play both ends against each other but coming a cropper by the end as two quite grisly murders are enacted for us.

I liked the early location shots in war torn Europe and was otherwise satisfied too, with director Dymytrk doing a good job keeping the plates all spinning and who intelligently treats this terse thriller with a bit more attention to detail than other more slapdash filmmakers.

I'll watch almost every noir film I can as it's probably my favourite movie type and consider this effort, if occasionally a touch on the dry side, nevertheless a fine example of this particular genre.


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