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directed by Anatole Litvak
USA 1941

 

Working-class dreamers Jonah (Thomas Mitchell) and Olaf (John Qualen) fish the Brooklyn waters and ponder their glorious plan: buy a big boat and head for sunny Cuba. Then an amoral gangster (John Garfield) puts the squeeze on the few bucks they ve saved and puts the moves on Jonah s daughter (Ida Lupino), a restless good girl who d just as soon be bad. And the two friends, the two gentle souls, begin a new plan: murder. Garfield inhabits his role with the amiable cruelty of a top rodent in a rat-eat-rat world, dominating this early-noir gem based on an Irwin Shaw play originally produced by Garfield s Group Theatre colleagues. On screen it s polished diamond hard by trenchant performances, Anatole Litvak s sure-handed direction and moody cinematography by the great James Wong Howe.

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Theatrical Release: 14 June 1941 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:25:06
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.31 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.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:43)

DVD Release Date: November, 2009
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Chapters 9

 

Comments

The progressive transfer used for this release has a very good contrast, although damage on the print and some marks show that the image was not fully restored.

The sound is good and we get a bonus in the form of an original theatrical trailer. As usual for Archive Collection discs, there are no subtitles or closed captioning.

 - Gregory Meshman

 



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