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« on: October 11, 2011, 06:01:38 PM »

The Woman on Pier 13 (1949) Director: Robert Stevenson with Robert Ryan, Laraine Day, Janis Carter Thomas Gomez, William Talman, and John Agar. Ryan and Day are newlyweds nesting in San Francisco Ryan is a Vice President of a shipping company. All is well until commie Femme Fatale Janis Carter shows up and Ryan's past as a commie pinko is revealed. Gomez is great as the manipulating oily head of a nest of card carrying commies. Gomez blackmails Ryan into doing his bidding by threatening to reveal his involvement in a strike that resulted in the death of a participant.  Talman plays a hit man for the party (he also has a cover as the operator of a shooting gallery at a penny arcade) who gleefully does Gomez's bidding. Carter gets her hooks into Ryan's younger brother and tries to turn him to do the party's bidding.

This Noir is off the radar, not on the American Encyclopedia of Film Noir list of Noirs.

The first 19 minutes is sunny California, but as soon as Janis Carter shows up its boom into Noir Land, great waterfront locations, a carnival arcade, Pier 13, even a strip joint. It was mildly amusing, especially the whole commie plot. 7/10

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