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 directed by Russell Rouse
USA 1952


A phone shrills, two bursts of three rings; the man on the bed (Milland) leaves his room; out in the night a waiting man (Gabel) lights a cigarette, throws down the empty packet, and vanishes. Milland picks up the packet, reads the message in his room, resignedly gets out a micro-camera; a shot of an award for his services to nuclear physics; and Rouse's movie is embarked on its challenge to tell the story of a spy without dialogue. There's an element of gimmickry here (even passers-by never say a word), but it's far outweighed by the tangible sense of a man isolated by his sense of fear (you never learn his motives), by the anonymity of his associates (all contact is by prearranged signal and at second remove), by the caution which edges into paranoia as things suddenly go wrong. Rouse's dispassionate, evenly-paced direction, abetted by Sam Leavitt's superb noir camerawork, strands Milland in a shadowy world of fellow-humans, any one of whom might spell disaster. The moment at the end, as Milland waits despairingly for word of his escape, and the teasingly sexy girl across the hall (Gam) closes her door in his face as she realises he is watching her, is one Bresson might have been proud of.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE


Theatrical Release: 15 October 1952 (USA)

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:26:18

1.32:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.70 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 Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.32:1

Edition Details:
• Bonus Trailers for other releases from The Wade Williams Collection

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2002
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A curious experimental film noir with not a single word uttered throughout its 86-minute running time, the film got a welcome DVD release back in 2002. While there are no worthy extras to speak of (just a few trailers for other Wade Williams Collection releases), the print is actually very good quality. It's not fully restored, so there are still some marks and specks, but overall the damage is minimal. This DVD release comes recommended especially at the price it can be found today.

 - Gregory Meshman


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