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(aka "Weep No More" )

 

directed by  Robert Stevenson
USA 1950

 

A sad little film noir wrapped inside a sad little love story (or vice versa), Walk Softly, Stranger maintains a subdued integrity of tone throughout. You wish it would get a move on, or that the exchanges were snappier, or the rhythms quirkier. But, no, and at the end, you have to admit that, on its own modest terms, it succeeds.

Into the heartland of Ohio drifts grifter Joseph Cotten to settle down in one of those small cities that used to be famous for something – in this case, it's the headquarters of Corelli Shoes, where he wangles himself a job. Cotten lets on that he's returning to the home town he ran away from years before – even taking up room and board with Spring Byington, a widow who now owns what used to be his house. But it's all a lie (or at least seems to be; the script sends mixed messages on this point). He's researched the history of the house and the widow, and also that of the Corelli heiress (Valli; she had dropped the `Alida'), a lonely rich girl crippled in a skiing accident. He hopes to romance her so as to be sitting pretty for the rest of his days – his ultimate con job. But he ends up falling for her.

Cotten's Achilles heel, however, has always been his professional vanity, and he can't pass up one last job – robbing a mob boss of his casino's take. The job succeeds, but his certified loser of an accomplice (Paul Stewart), now down and out, tracks him down and blows both their covers. They're both marked men....

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar for imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 14 October 1950 (USA)

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

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:20:57
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.8 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2012
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Chapters 28

 

Comments

Walk Softly, Stranger was filmed before the success of The Third Man, but released as a re-teaming of its stars, Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli, having spent 2 year of a shelf. Released as part of Warner Archive's Film Noir Archive Collection, Walk Softly, Stranger is given a new progressive transfer. There is some damage and marks on the print (note damage in capture #1), but overall the film has a very good contrast and the grain is kept to a minimum.

The English mono soundtrack is fine, with no distortion or damage. Unfortunately, there are no extras, not even a trailer is included.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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