(aka 'Cradle of Fear')

directed by Edward Dmytryk
USA 1947


  This taut little murder mystery, shot on a tiny budget in twenty days, was the first Hollywood movie to broach the subject of anti-Semitism, and it was a surprising box-office smash. Watching it now, it seems too talky, and the already meager plot is stretched rather thin. But it has Robert Mitchum, an excellent scary performance by Robert Ryan, and an inventive use of darkness and shadow that has come to be identified with "film noir." The detective who sorts things out is played by Robert Young, and he has a toughness and virile charm here that is light-years away from his later TV image. All in all, a good illustration of "less is more," - one of the movies produced by Dore Schary at RKO that would bring a grittier style to postwar film. The anti-Semitic angle is approached subtly, up until the point where Young is required to make a big speech about prejudice which seems embarrassingly overdone nowadays. In fairness, the subject was so hush-hush in those days that they really had to spell things out for audiences. The film was adapted from a book in which the victim was not Jewish, but homosexual - well, there were some subjects Hollywood just couldn't touch.

Excerpt from Chris Dashiell's review on CineScene.com located HERE


Theatrical Release: July 22nd, 1947 - USA

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DVD Review: Manga - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:25:20
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: Manga

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• text screen in Spanish 

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2002

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Chapters: 10




This doesn't look bad on a tube, but other than that it is quite hazy. Very thick and heavy looking. Only Spanish extras. Its big plus for Noir fans is that it is not out yet in Region 1- so if you can't wait - snag this little gem. out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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