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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2017, 01:23:14 PM »

Barbara Stanwyck (btw has absolutely zero sex appeal)

Agreed, but an outstanding actress for sure.

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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2017, 06:04:55 AM »

Peligro!

Jeopardy is directed by John Sturges and adapted to screenplay by Mel Dinelli from Maurice Zimm's radio play "A Question of Time". It stars Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker and Lee Aaker. Music is by Dimitri Tiomkin and cinematography by Victor Milner.

Running just shy of 70 minutes, Jeopardy is a classic lesson in how to garner great suspense from a small cast and set-up. Beginning with jaunty music and the scene setting of a family of three off for a vacation, it's all Americana bliss, but it's not long before fate deals the family some bad cards and we land firmly in thriller territory. The dialogue is safe and assured, with the stars turning in rich characterisations as written, particularly a wonderfully oily Meeker as the villain of the piece. Though very much plein air as a production, a claustrophobic and fraught air grips the play and drags the viewer in wholesale, a sense of cruel luck, danger and ironies hold things in a noir realm. While a turn of events in the narrative is deftly played, the sub-text shattering to the point we don't need to see it to feel it.

Unfortunately some irritants stop it from hitting the top end of the scale. Daft ironies and highly improbable contrivances chip away at the pic's other strengths, one scene has the son (Aaker) trapped on a dilapidated pier, to which his dad calls out "stay right where you are", I mean really, what else was the lad going to do?! Some crude back projection work also dampens down some otherwise nice production touches (Calif locales just lovely), while the ending kinda dilutes a previous moral kicker. But irritants aside, this holds its head up high as a picture well worth investing time in. 7.5/10

Region 1 DVD Box Set - Stanwyck Signature Collection.

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« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2017, 06:58:01 AM »

I've never liked Barbara Stanwyck (she annoys me and btw has absolutely zero sex appeal) but the rest of the cast is perfect.

She's actually cute and (do-able for me anyway) in Ball Of Fire, try watching her in that one sometime, unfortunately it is a Screwball Comedy, but it does have Gary Cooper, and Dana Andrews is a gangster.


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