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Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Since his film debut in 1934,
the impossibly handsome Taylor had the women swooning over him with such films
Camille (1936), in which he made glamorous love to Greta Garbo. But men
were put off by "The Man With the Perfect Profile" (as he was billed), and
preferred the more macho image of stars like Clark Gable. So beginning with A
Yank At Oxford (1938) in which Taylor showed off the hair on his chest, MGM
began putting him in more he-man roles. Johnny Eager was another attempt
by the studio to toughen up Taylor's image and rid him of the "pretty-boy" label
once and for all. Sporting a new, manly moustache, Taylor plays a cold-blooded
gangster who succumbs to the charms of Turner, the district attorney's daughter.
Theatrical Release: December 9th, 1941
DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC
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Region 0 - NTSC
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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• Archive Advert (:59)
• Trailer (2:15)
Firstly an excellent film with heavy Noir consideration. 20-year old Turner is statuesque, Taylor great as the evil ruthless, parolee, racketeer (the only pairing of the two stars) but Van Heflin steals the show as the sympathetic drunk. Actually, did he ever give a bad performance? Lots of drama and the electricity is palpable with two of the best looking people of the entire 40`s exchanging glances.
It's a single-layered, progressive, DVD-R that looks alright. The image is fairly solid - decent contrast and detail - without scrutinizing too heavily. There are minor speckles here and there but not enough weaknesses to complain. An errant cue-blip might be visible - no problem.
As usual, no subtitles - and, unremarkable but clear 2.0 channel sound. Extras consist a 2:15 trailer and the Archive advert that starts the disc presentation.
I've always been a Van Heflin fan and T`n`T (Turner and Taylor) do a solid job. We are given a surprisingly acceptable transfer of an exceptionally good film. Yes, we can encourage obtaining this one - very worthwhile indeed.