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« on: October 18, 2011, 11:32:13 AM »

Red Light (1949) Directed by Roy Del Ruth with George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Henry Morgan, Arthur Franz, and Raymond Burr. IMDB synopsis: Nick Cherney (Burr), in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at Johnny Torno (raft)  through his young priest brother Jess (Franz). He pays fellow prisoner Rocky (Morgan), who gets out a week before Nick, to murder Jess...who, dying, tells revenge-minded Johnny that he'd written a clue "in the Bible." Frustrated, Johnny obsessively searches for the missing Gideon Bible from Jess's hotel room who's first occupant after Jess was Carla (Mayo), who he hires to help track down the rest of the transients. Meanwhile, Nick himself gets out with murder still in his heart. But another factor is in play that none of them (except the murdered Jess) had planned on.

Another Noir I've never seen and never heard of before but this one is listed in the An Encyclopedic Reference to American Style Film Noir (ERASFM).  With this one the ending is sort of telegraphed way ahead of time if you can read the obvious "code" but it has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing to the end . Never the less once we cross the tracks into Noirville it stays there and doesn't disappoint in the visual department, there are some great sequences that impress. The red light in the films title refers partly to the large Torno Trucking sign that figures in the final denouement . Forget what you see and read on the poster above Mayo provides no cheesecake of any sort and she really doesn't take anything either a bit of false advertising. Caught this on TCM today Another 7/10.

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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011, 05:22:14 PM »

Hadn't heard of this one either. I hate Raft, but this sound interesting enough to try anyway. I'll keep my eyes peeled for it.


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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 09:32:47 PM »

That's a very generous rating, cj.
You will only like this movie if you wanna see a) religious preaching; b) George Raft; c) serious noir visuals; none of which place near the top of my "things I look for in movies" List.

this is the kind of movie that you'd only like if you are the kind of noir fan like cj who loves a movie simply for being a visually hardcore noir. If you are like me, and " look for more than just  a dark alley and a femme fatale"  [paraphrasing the immortal words of movie sceleton) then this movie is not worth your time....

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 09:00:18 AM »

 I saw this years ago, but after watching it again, I am left with two contradictory opinions. The has some excellent photography with all the great camera angles, lighting and shadows found in the best atmospheric noirs. And Raymond Burr is at his threatening, vicious best here, almost as evil as his role in RAW DEAL. The bad is the excessive, intrusive religious  preachiness which interferes with the flow of the story, adversely affects the film's pacing, and nearly ruins what is otherwise a fairly good noir.

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