An adaptation of Patrick Quentin's fine thriller which starts promisingly with Heflin's distinguished Broadway producer, meeting a sweetly aspiring young playwright (Garner), helplessly bemused when (actually vampirically ambitious) she virtually takes over his apartment on the excuse that the surroundings are conducive to inspiration. When she is subsequently found murdered there and he becomes the prime suspect, the film degenerates into a routine whodunnit. Worth seeing for the fine cast, Raft (dreary as ever as the investigating cop) and Rogers (unexpectedly overdoing it as a bitchy actress) excepted.
Theatrical Release: October 28th, 1954
DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||20th Century Fox (Fox Film Noir - # 22) - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 8.90 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 4.0)|
|Subtitles||English, French, Spanish, None|
by Alan K. Rode
• Isolated Score
Beautiful soft palette transfer from Fox. This dual-layered, progressive DVD is anamorphic in-and-about the 2.55 original aspect ratio. Colors look subdued but have their original depth. Contrast is very strong - ditto for detail and overall the image is fabulous. I have no complaints whatsoever and people should remember the film is over 50 years old but damage marks/speckles are at the bare minimum... as is digital noise. The audio is a 4 channel track (original?) and does a competent job of presenting the sound of the film. there are optional English, Spanish or French subtitles supporting the dialogue.
There are some great extras - a pretty thorough, intelligent and brimming-with-information commentary by Alan K. Rode. I remember him doing the commentary on one of VCI's Forgotten Noir series and he knows his stuff - lots about Ginger, Tierney, Heflin and Raft. There are also two featurettes: Ginger Rogers at Fox running almost 9 minutes (the titles speaks for itself) and there is input from Eddie Muller and others. Even better is Gene Tierney: Final Curtain for a Noir Icon although it runs just over 6 minutes. As with some other Fox Noirs there is an interactive pressbook , the score of the film is available to listen to, a stills gallery and the original theatrical trailer. Great work by Fox and we give it a strong recommendation, especially for Noir fans. This DVD has exceptional value for the price.