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(aka "Entgleist" )

 

directed by Mitchell Leisen
USA 1950

 

A woman is torn between a comfortable lie and the painful truth in this classic Film Noir. Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck assumes another woman’s identity after surviving a train accident in this haunting drama based on a Cornell Woolrich (under the pseudonym, William Irish) novel, I Married a Dead Man. Eventually her past catches up to her when her crooked ex-lover (Lyle Bettger) arrives in town, demanding money to keep her true identity a secret. Beautifully photographed by legendary cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp (The Big Clock). Directed by Mitchell Leisen (Midnight).

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Based on a Cornell Woolrich novel (I Married a Dead Man) that bears many similarities to his Waltz Into Darkness (filmed by Truffaut as La Sirčne du Mississipi), this is an excellent little thriller, tautly directed by Leisen and with a powerhouse performance from Stanwyck as a pregnant woman who assumes the identity of a young bride killed with her husband in a train crash. Just as she is enjoying the fiscal fruits of deception, her lover (Bettger) shows up and blackmails her. Apart from John Lund's predictable performance as the romantic lead - he's as anemic here as in Wilder's A Foreign Affair - the film is constantly surprising and deliriously implausible.

Excerpt of review from Timeout Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 21st, 1950

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Runtime 1:37:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 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 Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: March 27th, 2012
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Comments

Fabulous Noir with Barb Stanwyck. Such a cool, pulpy plot - implausible but delicious in its shadowy pondering guilt and circumstantial identity theft. Magnificent! Love this stuff...

Standard for Olive it's dual-layered, progressive (in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio) and bare bones. This looks strong with a hint of noise but at 1-hour 20-minutes the density of the print seems compromised for about 6-7 minutes. I didn't find it fatal - but it is noticeable (see it in the capture with the two cops). It manifests itself as pale noise. I like the fact that there is some grain showing on the SD rendering.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. There are no supplements and this is not on-tap to reach Blu-ray by Olive, possibly because of the contrast flaw discussed above.

It's great to have the 1950 version of No Man of Her Own on digital. This is an essential part of any Noir collection. To fans of the 'dark cinema' this is a must-own.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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