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« : October 16, 2017, 10:36:01 AM »

Broken mirrors, black cats and two dollar bills.

I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes is directed by William Nigh and adapted to screenplay by Steve Fisher from a story by Cornell Woolrich. It stars Don Castle, Elyse Knox, Regis Toomey and Charles D. Brown. Music is by Edward J. Kay and cinematography by Mack Stengler.

Hoofer Tom Quinn (Castle) is convicted of murder on circumstantial evidence. Sentenced to death row, Tom must hope his wife Ann (Knox) can find the proof of his innocence before his date with death.

Pretty routine noir exercise this one, but definitely of interest to film noir lovers looking for something they may not have seen before. In true noir fashion fate and coincidences play a huge part in the narrative drive, as does a bit of obsessive yearnings and questionable moral standing. The look is nifty, very noirish when the prison or the church is involved, or the nighttime shots in general, while there's a quirky edge to proceedings that always keeps the pic interesting. The ending is a disappointment (in true noir terms), and apart from the always reliable Toomey, the acting only just about passes muster, but it's worth a look see, even if it isn't the under seen gem some would have you believe... 6/10

DVD - Copy. TCM logo so it showed on that chan at some point. I believe it's on YouTube.

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« #1 : February 04, 2022, 02:10:23 PM »

As it is based on a Woolrich's story it is futile expect a solid plot. But it's a decent time-waster and Knox is pleasant to look at, especially if compared to many actresses haunting the genre at the time. Toomey reminded me of Ray Collins, i.e. too old for the role. 6-7/10

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