1947. USA. Robert Gordon. 73 min.
Monday, July 21, 2014, 6:45 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1947. USA. Directed by Robert Gordon. Screenplay by Martin Goldsmith, based on the story by Harry Perowne. With Chester Morris, Constance Dowling, Steven Geray. Taking a break from Columbia’s Boston Blackie series, aging matinee idol Chester Morris stars as a vividly alcoholic author of pulp novels who falls under suspicion when his penny-pinching publisher is murdered by a method described in one of his stories. With a screenplay by Martin Goldsmith, the author of the novel that became Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour, this casually sordid, micro-budgeted noir features some inventive staging by the director Robert Gordon, including a one-shot, subjective camera scene strikingly similar to a famous sequence in Ulmer’s film, as well as a rare sympathetic performance by the professional femme fatale Constance Dowling, whose romantic rejection of the Italian poet Cesare Pavese contributed to his suicide. 73 min.
In the Film exhibition Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957
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