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Frederick De Cordova
After years of pursuit, Assistant D.A. Martin Ferguson has a good case against Murder, Inc. boss Albert Mendoza. Mendoza is in jail and his lieutenant Joseph Rico is going to testify. But Rico falls to his death and Ferguson must work through the night going over everything to build the case anew.Written by
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When Rico gets in his car at the hideout on his way to fulfill a "contract" in the city, a crew member is visible in the reflection of the window of the car door as it is closed. See more »
[Ferguson has just saved the sole survivor of Mendoza's killings, Angela Vetto, from being killed, just before Mendoza is about to be set free. He recalls Rico's description of Mendoza's first killing which Angela had witnessed saying that she was, "Starin' at him with her big blue eyes!"]
D.A. Martin Ferguson:
C'mon, Miss Vetto. I want to see the look on Mendoza's face when he looks into those big blue eyes.
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This obviously is not one of Bogart's most famous films, it should be cause it is an entertaining film noir that holds your interest from start to finish. They don't make 'em like this anymore. The plot involves Bogart as a D.A., whose star witness in bringing the head of a murder racket to justice dies before the trial.
In a lengthy flashback, Bogart retraces the case from the beginning, looking for some bit of testimony that might help him nail the killer before he gets set free.
Bogart is good as his usual tough-guy self, and is trying to prosecute the boss man of a Murder Incorporated type of crime organization but keeps running into road blocks with people getting killed. Bogie plays it well although Bogie could play Mary Poppins and make it look good.
At the end Bogie does what Bogie does well. This is a great movie. If you are a Bogart fan, this is a must have.
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