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directed by Herman Shumlin
USA 1945


In pre-World War II London, Spanish agent Denard struggles to close a high-level business deal that will strike a blow against fascists in his native country. But industrialists not yet alert to the threat of fascism reject him. A teenage ally caught up in his efforts is murdered. And the mission itself seems a failure. Yet neither the story nor Denard will stop there. Charles Boyer plays Denard and Lauren Bacall is a jaded industrial heiress who assists him in this intricate spy drama. For her second screen appearance, Bacall took a critical thumping, yet her presence smolders. The film itself still satisfies, thanks in no small measure to James Wong Howe’s atmospheric cinematography and the story craft of source novelist Graham Greene.


Theatrical Release: 2 November 1945 (New York City)

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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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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:57:36

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.67 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:05)

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2011
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Despite some atmospheric cinematography by James Wong Howe and presence of noir siren Lauren Bacall, this espionage thriller gets rarely mentioned in film noir filmographies (yet, a still from the film also graces the cover of Film Noir Guide by Michael F. Keaney. Charles Boyer is in his top form, but his chemistry with Mrs Bogart is non-existent - she was put to a better use paired with her husband. Peter Lorre and Katina Paxinou are standouts in this misguided effort.

Warner Home Video released the film on made-on-demand disc back in March and even though there is no "Remastered" banner, the picture quality is very strong. There are a few scenes that take place in a London fog (see the last capture), but weaker contrast originated from the film's source. There are a few marks here and there, but they are barely noticeable. There is a decent mono soundtrack and the disc includes a theatrical trailer as an extra. A decent war thriller that gets an excellent DVD release.

  - Gregory Meshman


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Scene takes place in the London fog, so the weak image quality is inherent in the production


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