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(aka "Mr. Gideon" )

 

directed by Roy Del Ruth
USA 1949

 

Meticulously groomed George Raft was a notoriously one-note actor, but his monotone worked harmoniously in the flattened acoustic of film noir. In Roy Del Ruth's Red Light -- an unusual "religioso" thriller -- he owns a trucking empire; his brother, a priest and army chaplain, has just been gunned down in a hotel room. The clue to the assassin's identity is supposedly scrawled in the room's Gideon Bible, which has gone missing. Raft enlists the aid of Virginia Mayo to track down both Bible and killer. But when they succeed, Raft's plans for revenge are thwarted by the Deity, in the form of a huge electrical sign during a pelting rainstorm, underscoring the movie's moral: "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord." Raft's quest is jam-packed with every cinematic device that makes the noir cycle such delectable (if forbidden) fruit: flicked-away cigarette butts, rain-streaked windowpanes, grotesquely lit close-ups, San Francisco at its sleaziest. The film's heavies, Raymond Burr and Harry Morgan, win no congeniality awards; Burr's performance here may well be the nastiest in his impressive portfolio of thugs. [...]

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

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Theatrical Release: 30 September 1949 (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 1:23:12
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.76 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

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: February 4th, 2014
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Chapters 9

 

Comments

On the same day Warner Archive released George Raft noir Nocturne, they also released Red Light, starring George Raft and Virginia Mayo, directed by Roy Del Ruth. This time, George Raft is on a vengeance path for his brother's death and Raymond Burr excels as a heavy in this revenge thriller.

The made-on-demand single-layered disc from Warner Archive was released under Film Noir Archive marquee, featuring a progressive transfer. The image is overly dark (see the capture below of George Raft holding a gun), but it adds certain mood to one of the essential noirs. There are some marks and specs, but they never become intrusive and the grain texture looks healthy. Mono soundtrack is decent and per usual, there are no subtitles or closed captioning. The film gets 9 chapters and no extras. This is still a very nice presentation and we can recommend it to any film noir fan.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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