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The Web (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 May 1947 (USA)
An attorney acting as a body guard, apparently kills a man in defense of his employer's life, and later believes the victim was set up to be murdered.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), Bertram Millhauser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ella Raines ... Noel Faraday
Edmond O'Brien ... Bob Regan
William Bendix ... Lt. Damico
Vincent Price ... Andrew Colby
Maria Palmer ... Martha Kroner
John Abbott ... Charles Murdock
Fritz Leiber ... Leopold Kroner
Howland Chamberlain ... James Nolan (as Howard Chamberlin)
Tito Vuolo ... Emilio Canepa
Wilton Graff ... District Attorney
Robin Raymond ... Newspaper Librarian
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Storyline

Leopold Kroner, formerly of Colby Enterprises, is released after five years in prison for embezzlement. Andrew Colby, claiming that Kroner has threatened him, hires lawyer Bob Regan as a secret bodyguard. Sure enough, Kroner turns up in Colby's room with a gun, and Regan kills him. Then Regan, who sticks around to romance Colby's secretary Noel, begins to suspect he's been used. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's a double-cross - a triple murder , with kisses for ME !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Velvet See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Adapted for radio as part of the "Lux Radio Theater" on Sept. 29, 1947, with Raines, Price, and O'Brien reprising their roles. See more »

Quotes

Bob Regan: When I'm worth forty million dollars, I'm going to have a secretary looks exactly like you.
Noel Faraday: Oh, my tastes are fairly simple. Twenty million would be quite enough.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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I'm a lawyer not a bodyguard.
23 August 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Web is directed by Michael Gordon and collectively written by William Bowers, Bertram Millhauser and Harry Kurnitz. It stars Edmond O'Brien, Ella Raines, William Bendix and Vincent Price. Music is by Hans J. Salter and cinematography by Irving Glassberg.

A good and solid film noir from one of the golden years of the film making style. Plot pitches O'Brien as a small time lawyer, who after impressing crafty businessman Vincent Price with his commitment to his work, gets hired as a minder since Price is worried about an old associate who has apparently issued a death threat. Sure enough all is not as it seems and before long O'Brien finds himself under scrutiny for the death of the associate.

The writing isn't great as per the twists and turns, they are all signposted and lit up in bold letters, yet this is a small complaint because the fun is in the characterisations and the scripted dialogue. O'Brien has the quips and bravado, Raines the sexy smoulder and Price the weasel machinations. Bendix as a good cop is a little too out in the periphery of things to truly impact on the narrative in the way his fans would like, but his scenes with O'Brien are a joy and sparkle with prickly sarcasm, while Gordon and Glassberg bring the film noir style via the requisite amount of shadow play and camera tilts (love those slats and balustrades).

Nifty noir tech credits cosy up with a likable hero, a sassy femme, a slimy villain and big bad Billy Bendix = Score! 7/10


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