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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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Martin Beaumont
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Bessie, Receptionist (as Erin O'Kelly)
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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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Safe Haven for Martin Beaumont oops Borrmann
27 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

That trans-Atlantic studio Eagle-Lion is the responsible party for giving us Close-Up. A film that seems strange to categorize and ends up being bad noir, bad mystery, and the comic relief of Joey Faye falls flatter than the desert.

Alan Baxter and Joey Faye are a pair of newsreel cameramen who on a fashion shoot outside a bank get some footage of a missing Nazi war criminal Richard Kollmar. Kollmar's name in the film is Martin Beaumont, get it Martin Borrmann. I assure in 1948 no one would have missed that connection. Of course this was way before the Russians bothered to tell the world they killed Borrmann in Berlin.

In any event Kollmar's in New York and looking to travel farther. He's hooked up with gangster Phillip Huston to get transportation to a safe haven for Nazis. But Huston has plans of his own for Borrmann's money. He wants a lot more than the $15,000.00 he's been promised.

Virginia Gilmore is the female lead, she's the moll for Huston and serves as one of many attempts to get the incriminating film footage. This woman deserves better than being in this film. Joey Faye is Alan Baxter's sidekick and simply isn't funny.

The film's premise was interesting and could have been better with proper treatment at an A Studio.


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