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The Scarf (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 6 April 1951 (USA)
A man believe to have murdered a woman, escapes from the insane asylum to find if he was the one to actually kill her using the scarf she was wearing.

Director:

Ewald André Dupont (as E.A. Dupont)

Writers:

Ewald André Dupont (screenplay) (as E.A. Dupont), Isadore Goldsmith (story) (as I.G. Goldsmith) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Ireland ... John Howard Barrington
Mercedes McCambridge ... Connie Carter
James Barton ... Ezra Thompson
Emlyn Williams ... Dr. David Dunbar
Lloyd Gough ... Dr. Gordon
Basil Ruysdael ... Cyrus Barrington
David Wolfe ... Level Louie
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John Barrington escapes from an asylum for the criminally-insane and finds refuge on the ranch of turkey-raiser Ezra Thompson. Barrington, who has suffered from amnesia, finds his memory returning slightly and he sets out on his mission of learning the truth about whether or not he really murdered his sweetheart and is actually insane. He goes to Los Angeles to visit his oldest-and-best friend, psychiatrist David Dunbar, who was a witness to Barrington's crime. Dunbar repeats his story to Barrington, convinces Barrington that he did commit the crime, and then betrays him to the police. However, Thompson, Connie Carter and others are not totally convinced of Barrington's guilt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dungeon See more »

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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mercedes McCambridge sings "Summer Rains." See more »

Quotes

Ezra Thompson: Before a bullet, all men are equal, like in the Constitution.
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Summer Rains
Music and lyrics by Sammy John DeFazio, Charles Milton Daniels (as Charles Milton Daniel) and Gilbert Hugh Hall
Performed by Mercedes McCambridge (uncredited)
[Connie sings the song several times at Level Louie's]
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Unacknowledged, Undiscovered, Low-Budget Film-Noir Gem
20 September 2016 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Odd and very Strange Film-Noir. An Independent Production with a Low-Budget but High on Expressionism and Striking Scenes of Low-Brow, Everyday People in Their Environment.

John Ireland and Mercedes McCambridge are an Iconic Noir Couple. He of Intensity showing a Film-Noir Staple, Amnesia. Escaping from a Mental Institution and Confused about His Guilt (imprisoned for strangling a girl with a scarf and deemed "criminally insane").

McCambridge shows up in a Flashback (another Noir staple) Hitch-Hiking on a Road to Nowhere (a gig as a singer/waitress in a Dive). Her Nickname says it all, "Cash and Carry Connie". She is as Odd as Ireland with Her "Common and Unclassical" Look, Speaking in Short Clipped Sentences that Reveal Street Knowledge, Strength and a Fearful Cynical Attitude.

The Settings are Dismal and Bleak (prison, turkey ranch, and bar). James Barton, as the Turkey Ranch Owner, takes Ireland Under His Wing as the Search for the Truth Unfolds. All of the Characters in this Noir World are Offbeat and Interesting. Besides Our "Heroes", the Cops, Doctors, Farmer, Bar-Keep, and even the Piano Player are Bizarre and Noir.

Overall, this is an Off-Kilter Movie in every sense. Disturbing, Other Wordly, Shady, and Weird. Mercedes McCambridge, in this Underseen Gem, can Walk Alongside Ann Savage in "Detour" (1945) as a Quintessential B-Girl in a B-Movie with Style, Shocks, and Suspense. One of Film-Noir's Least Known and Unacknowledged Entries.


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