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directed by Hugo Haas
USA 1954


Cleo stars as a cashier in a little dump of a mom-and-pop store, despised because she is an apparently unwed mother. Nasty old gold prospector Hugo Haas looks on her as trash but his partner John Agar is clearly attracted to the luckless blonde. When the men actually discover gold, greedy Haas tries to think of a way to have it all for himself and decides to marry Cleo, certain that in their secluded corner of the world Agar won't be able to resist Cleo's sex appeal, thus allowing Haas to shoot and kill him and get away with it via "the unwritten law".

The best thing about the film is the natural chemistry between Cleo Moore and John Agar. Hugo Haas makes a much better villain than sympathetic leading man so he's well cast and gives a good performance although his direction is generally uninspired

Excerpt of review from HarlowMGM for located HERE


Theatrical Release: 24 February 1954 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Choice Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:19:27

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: April 7th, 2014
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Hugo Haas is a true auteur of B's having written, directed, produced and starred in many of his own pictures. His career started in Czechoslovakia between 2 wars where he directed highly regarded Skeleton on Horseback (Bílá nemoc). He escaped Nazis and moved to US, first having small parts in number of Hollywood productions of 1940's-1950's. In 1951 he produced, wrote, directed and starred in a noir melodrama Pickup, co-starring Beverly Michaels. Of 14 films in his oeuvre, only One Girl's Confession was released on DVD as part of Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 2 until now.

Bait is one of many collaborations between Haas and his one-time mistress Cleo Moore. Hugo Haas stars as a gold prospector who marries Ms. Moore to use her as a bait to kill his partner John Agar, in love with Cleo and take his cut all to himself. The films starts with Sir Cedric Hardwicke playing the devil who tells this story of greed and retribution. The film comes to DVD as part of Sony's made-on-demand program in a stellar full screen transfer. The film was first widescreen picture for Hugo Haas Productions and the opening credits support this, but some shots look too tight masking the image to 1.66:1. The opening sequence with Cedric Hardwicke going up the stairs is such an example - the camera stays on him until he is totally out of the frame in the upper right corner. If that sequence was masked, the viewer would be staring at an empty screen for extra few seconds. With this noted, the progressive image looks excellent. It is with very little damage or marks, with a nice grain, some of it due to soft focus on some of Ms. Moore's close-ups. The mono audio is adequate, with no distortions or pops/clicks. There is no menu and the film starts after all the logos when you insert the disc. A quite enjoyable release from Sony - we're ready for more Haas on DVD.

  - Gregory Meshman



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