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« on: October 21, 2011, 07:16:26 AM »

Director: Steve Sekely, with Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Leslie Brooks, and Eduard Franz. The Scar is the UK title of this film.
The cinematography by John Alton (director of photography) practically insures great visuals in "sewerscope".

A film that has apparently three different titles. Story line is, John Muller (Paul Henreid), a medical school dropout and brilliant criminal mastermind, has been released from prison. He plans with three accomplices a holdup at an illegal gambling casino. The gangster who runs the casino has a reputation for tracking down and killing his enemies, no matter how far they go or how long they hide. The robbery goes bad and the mobsters running the place know exactly who tried to rob them when half the team is captured.

Muller & His Brother

Muller decides to leave town and lie low. While hiding out from the mob, he takes an office job recommended by his brother (Franz) but he quickly decides that an honest  living is not for him. An opportunity for a new direction comes to mind when he finds out that he's the exact look-a-like the psychologist Dr Bartok - the only difference is the doctor has a large scar on the side of his face. He plans to kill the man and take over his life. Joan Bennett is the psychologist's nurse/receptionist with whom he has an affair while studying up on Bartok, and Leslie Brooks is Bartok's girlfriend.

Bennett & Henried

Brooks & Henried

This film has a couple of nice twists that I won't give away, a great chase scene through LA's Bunker Hill section that actually involves the well known Film Noir archetype the Angels Flight cable car. Its biggest problem is the cast, Henreid and Bennett just don't spark, another of the usual suspect Noir leads would have made this more well known, possibly. Henreid just doesn't quite cut it, he's too cool to play alienated or obsessed.

Angel's Flight escape

Brooks has a walk on part as the secret girlfriend of Dr. Bartok, that Muller unexpectedly finds out about, this and other story points should have been emphasized more, as it is way too much time is wasted on the setup. Still a 7/10, shown on TCM.

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