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High Tide (1947)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery | 13 September 1947 (USA)
A fast-moving automobile fails to make a sharp turn of the highway from Malibu to Los Angeles. It overturns and its occupants, Tim Slade, Newspaper man turned private investigator, and Hugh... See full summary »

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John Reinhardt

Writers:

Robert Presnell Sr. (screenplay), Raoul Whitfield (story "Inside Job") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Hugh Fresney
Don Castle ... Tim 'T.M.' Slade
Julie Bishop ... Julie Vaughn
Anabel Shaw ... Dana Jones
Regis Toomey ... Inspector O'Haffey
Douglas Walton ... Clinton Vaughn
Francis Ford ... Pop Garrow
Anthony Warde ... Nick Dyke
Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Cresser
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Cleve Collins
George Ryland George Ryland ... Doctor at Shooting Scene (as George H. Ryland)
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A fast-moving automobile fails to make a sharp turn of the highway from Malibu to Los Angeles. It overturns and its occupants, Tim Slade, Newspaper man turned private investigator, and Hugh Fresney, managing editor of the Los Angeles Currier, are pinned underneath. Both are seriously injured and are unable to move. As they wait for the tide to come in and cover them, Fresney recounts that his boss, Clint VAughn has been killed, presumably by gangsters in the pay of Nick Dyke, who Fresney has fought against through his newspaper columns. Slade had been hired to avenge Fresney if Dyke's gang killed him in retaliation, Slade, one-time sweetheart of Vaughn's dipsomaniac wife Julie Vaughn, believed she still loved him, but he had fallen for Dana Jons, Vaughn's beautiful secretary. Police Detective O'Haffey investigated Vaughn's death and unearthed several suspects, including Slade, Julie, Dykes and Dana, but Slade was not satisfied and looked elsewhere. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Film-Noir | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta marea See more »

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Production Co:

Wrather Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Tide is High....
4 February 2018 | by Alex da SilvaSee all my reviews

But I'm holdin' on..... That's what Blondie sang and that's the advice that seems most relevant to the opening scene. Newspaper editor Lee Tracy (Fresnay) and private investigator Don Castle (Slade) are trapped in a car after an accident and can't get out with the tide rapidly coming in and threatening to drown them. It's an interesting start to the film and their story is recounted in flashback.

Unfortunately, Lee Tracy has a comic voice - he sounds ridiculous although he is effective in his role. The dialogue is crisp and moves the film along at a quick speed so pay attention or you may get behind with the plot. It revolves around a newspaper breaking criminal stories and the ruthless manipulations that are necessary to be in control. You may not guess the outcome - I had it the other way round!

The quality of the picture isn't great and unfortunately, you can't really make anything out in the night time scenes which loses the film a point. My wife thought this film was shit. I say it's ok.


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