The proprietor of an ice-skating revue promotes a peanut-vendor at the show to a management position based on suggestions he made to improve the act of the show's star, who also happens to ...
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Shubunka (Barry Sulivan) is a cynical gangster who controls the Neptune Beach waterfront. He runs a numbers racket with the local soda shop owner. The police are in his pocket and the local hoods are on his payroll.
Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?
Josef von Sternberg,
Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »
The proprietor of an ice-skating revue promotes a peanut-vendor at the show to a management position based on suggestions he made to improve the act of the show's star, who also happens to be the owner's wife. However, he soon begins to notice that his new manager is paying more attention to his wife than he believes is appropriate, and begins to suspect that his new manager has designs not only on his wife but on his business. Meanwhile, someone from the new manager's past shows up with information that could wreck his plans.Written by
The title refers to the way in which Barry Sullivan's character makes Belita's ice-staking show more interesting (which later conveys the "suspense" that occurs later on in the movie, like any Film Noir Thriler). This makes his character more important in both his life/situation and the story/movie itself. See more »
When at the zoo the lions keep changing position at the different camera angles. See more »
Who do you know in New York?
Um... my brother Morrie. Ya' see, he's got an in wherever there's an out. If there's any dope on Joe, he's the kid that can dig it up.
Why don't you write Morrie a letter? I'll buy the stamp.
You got yourself a deal.
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A cut-rate Gilda starring a cut-rate Sonja Henie and featuring a cut- rate Desi Arnaz made by a third-rate studio. How could it not fail?
Well, actually, it doesn't. To be fair, Gilda was released in April of 1946 and this picture in June of that year. Normally, this would have been more than enough time for the "Old Monogram" to script, green- light, shoot, edit, and release two Gilda knockoffs. However, this was an offering from the emerging "New Monogram", and it is unlikely that this level of production value could be achieved in so short a time.
I am always suspicious of single-name actors (including Cher), but Belita is more than competent in her femme-fatale role--one of two in the picture. In fact, this film does Gilda one better in that regard. There are two intertwined sexual triangles here: an mmf triangle in the first half and an ffm triangle in the latter stages.
Barry Sullivan is easily the equal of the wooden Glen Ford and could probably have substituted for him in Gilda, perhaps relegating the latter to the TV guest-star career by robbing Ford of his big break. Fascist bigot, Eugene Palette, is always a pleasure to watch. (Sadly, it's true. He's always terrific.) Fortunately for the director, Suspense has an all-white cast and Palette was not asked to share screen time with a black actor.
All in all, it is an OK noir...about average and eminently watchable. (It gets an seventh star for just being noirish.)
P.S. Did anybody else notice that the incidental ice music is suspiciously close to the tune of Monte Python's "Galaxy Song" in Meaning of Life? I'm not suggesting plagiarism, but c'mon!
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