directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
USA 1946

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (pre - A Letter To Three Wives and All About Eve and only his 2nd directorial effort) turns a low budget 'B' cast with quintessential "amnesia victim" ploy into Film Noir excellence. Actually the villains, anti-heroes and conventions of Noir were just formulating with this little 1946 gem. It actually helped define the genre. A complex film, evenly paced and excellent performances from the likes of John Hodiak (as a soldier who returns to the front with his amnesia slowly determining if, in his former life, he may or may not have been a murderer), Lloyd Nolan and the ever faithful Noir companion - Richard Conte. Lets not forget the ladies - watch for Nancy Guild who had never acted before being signed to a movie contract - she is perfect noir. What pure fun and future influences on this "Black Cinema" that we love so much.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: June 12th, 1946

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Distribution 20th Century Fox (Fox Film Noir # 8) - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:48:04 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.16 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by author Eddie Muller
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2005

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Aside from many scratches and marks this is an excellent transfer. Sharp with good contrast and shadow detail. Some grain peeks through now and again and it really had a filmic appearance for me. The awfully bright yellow subtitles are not appreciated, but the fine Eddie Muller commentary is. Great job Fox - I see no reason yet not to own all of the 'Fox Film Noir' collection. This is a GREAT film and strong DVD!

Gary W. Tooze


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