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Close-Up (1948)

After his photo is accidentally taken, that someone will do everything in his power to get hold of the negative.

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Jack Donohue

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John Bright (screenplay), Jack Donohue (additional dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Alan Baxter ... Phil Sparr
Virginia Gilmore ... Peggy Lake
Richard Kollmar Richard Kollmar ... Martin Beaumont
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Harry Avery
Phillip Huston Phillip Huston ... Joseph Gibbons
Joey Faye Joey Faye ... Roger
Russell Collins ... Beck
Michael Wyler Michael Wyler ... Fredericks
Sid Melton ... Stanislaus Kranobowsky - Cabbie
Wendell K. Phillips Wendell K. Phillips ... Harold (as Wendell Phillips)
Erin Selwyn Erin Selwyn ... Bessie, Receptionist (as Erin O'Kelly)
Jimmy Sheridan Jimmy Sheridan ... Jimmy (as James Sheridan)
Marcia Walter Marcia Walter ... Rita
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After his photo is accidentally taken, that someone will do everything in his power to get hold of the negative.

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Thrill-a-minute close-up of MURDER!


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Another Alan and a clown less might have done the trick
5 November 2008 | by VanheesBenoitSee all my reviews

Without realizing it, two newsreel reporters took pictures of a surviving nazi-leader in front of a bank, while filming fashion mannequins in the streets of New York. The German, who was thought to have died during the war, was inquiring if he could recuperate a large sum of money. He needs it, to be able to continue Hitler's dream after the dictator's death. He is helped by a criminal gang, which is only in it for a slice of the money, not for political reasons. Hal Ericson's description in the All Movie Guide of the gang as being a "secret neo-nazi gang" is therefor incorrect. The gang will make several attempts to recuperate the film and its negatives, including by kidnapping one of the reporters. The boss of the two reporters however discovers whose face has been captured on the newsreel, and contacts the authorities.

The problem with this rare B movie is that it just can't decide whether it wants to be a kind of political thriller, a crime movie or some kind of comedy. The final result therefor isn't very bright, without being terrible at the same time. The movie sure is watchable till the predictable end, but well... The script isn't always very convincing or logical. While the Nazi leader's henchman doesn't hesitate to kill one of the criminals, the 'hero' has more luck, and only gets knocked out with a gun on his head. Dialogs are quite poor, no cute « one-liners », no quick exchanges of wisecracks etc. Well, the hero's colleague is trying to be a funny guy every now and then, but the movie would have done perfectly well without this kind of clowning.

Alan Baxter may be in the words of Hal Ericson a "character actor", but you won't see very much of it in this movie. Alan Ladd playing like he played in The Glass Key though would have made a good choice. That would have given the movie that extra status it desperately needed to rise above its mediocrity. The soundtrack doesn't help either. While the main title track you'll hear while the names of the actors are shown is OK, the music during the key moments of the movie doesn't support the action. I'd rather qualify it as simply irritating. I'd give it a 6/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billedet der dræber See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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