(aka 'Hot Spot')

Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
USA 1941


H. Bruce Humberstone was an amiable Fox contract director (Charlie Chan at the Opera, Sun Valley Serenade); this 1941 feature is his one film with something extra going for it, a tough little thriller with memorable atmosphere and character work. When model Carole Landis is murdered, suspicion falls on an innocent Victor Mature; he manages to convince the victim's sister, Betty Grable, to help him clear his name. But the picture is dominated by Laird Cregar, one of the finest character actors of the 40s (The Lodger, Heaven Can Wait). He plays the cynical detective on their trail, and his well-mannered creepiness was never used more effectively than here.

Excerpt of Dave Kehr's capsule in the Chicago Reader located HERE.



Theatrical Release: November 14th, 1941

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DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Film Noir - Spine # 18 - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:22:06 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.91 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), English (Mono)  
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Eddie Muller
• 'Daddy' Deleted Scene
• Hot Spot
• Still Gallery
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: June 6th, 2006

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Chapters: 28



This is a fabulous image. Wonderful detail, rich black levels and excellent shadow detail as well. I am very impressed - in only a couple of scenes it appears to be boosted blacks or heaviness (saturation?). Audio is consistent (I listened to the mono track - a 2.0 stereo bump is provided as an option). I haven't quite got to Muller's commentary but as far as Noir goes he is the best and I will report back after listening. I'm anxious to go through it.

The films is a real gem filled with great performances. I love the story's twists and turns. Primo Noir at a great price!

Gary W. Tooze


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