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This movie had a plot of having a good screwball comedy. The selection of the stars was a I felt a bit wanting. Robert was (he was about 45 and looked so too) looked to be a bit too old for Ann. She was only 21, and on screen 19, and her personality suited the role, of a scatter-brained teenager (she did quite a few roles of this type, and successfully too). But probbaly he wanted it to be his vehicle (he was the director to this movie too), though not on the screenplay team for this movie, I wonder, why didn't Joan Harrison interfere ?
The movie was quite good, and without much hiccups for about one hour (which is two third of the movie), but the moment the two eloped, it (the movie) simply went to pieces and even till the end, they couldn't or may be didn't want to, gather them back.
To her credit, Ann did try to keep the things to some order, and was quite convincing as the scatter-brained teenager. I would rather say she lived in the imaginary world of pulp-romantic-novels, which in real life too some do, and with her personality, she could very successfully live it, without being an eyesore, and I said, while the scene was her, she did it.
But who disappointed (after the hour mark), was Robert, both as actor, but more so as director. One who had been put in sleuth job, can't be that idiot. In fact the movie had simply degenerated into a pulp from there. Whether the sequence of forcing a clearly uninterested stranger, into a police agent, the police party, clearly looking for them, missing the parked car in broad day light, and that too three times ? Or they having put only one 'Police Marker' for the 300 miles journey? What if they had been ambushed on the way? Which would have been the intelligent thing to do. Or the cycle overtaking the car (lifted from Katharina, Die Letzte , there it was necessary, and was justified by situation) ? Why didn't the heist-man shoot the prone and perfect target, hero in the first place? How the police, who were supposed to be on hot trail, and that too the MP, reach the site after not only everything is over, but also two other parties have traced to rescue/ save the girl from the lecherous hero,
and many such sequences.
All these were in fact not necessary, and with minor thought, movie would have reached the same conclusion, without becoming an eyesore.
Only for the sake of Ann Blyth, one can watch it, she looked quite charming as the almost-child "Killer" role, else,...
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