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« on: September 08, 2016, 09:39:38 AM »

Some of the elements which make it a must-watch for noir aficionados are pointed out correctly by Silver and Ward in their book. The flick works very well in the first half, when things are still uclear or almost. The first scene is one of the most memorable as it perfectly renders the night mood of a big city, that empty big space in the public building about to close. But once you know what the game is the basic fault of the movie comes to light: the baby market isn't quite solid stuff for crime movies. Too complicated and hard to imagine characters like Burr or Mazurki getting involved in it. Still, as said, the photography alone makes it 7/10 stuff.

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2016, 02:56:48 PM »

the baby market isn't quite solid stuff for crime movies.
That's what I've always figured, so that's why I've never sought this film out. Interesting that Burr is in it. There's an early Perry Mason episode that uses an illicit baby-selling ring as background to a murder.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2016, 07:18:41 PM »

Never seen this one either.  Cry

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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 10:50:47 AM »

This one's good, better than I'd thought it be, it's interesting to note that Mazurki is even bigger that Burr.  Afro

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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 01:39:03 AM »

This one's good, better than I'd thought it be, it's interesting to note that Mazurki is even bigger that Burr.  Afro

Can't imagine how could you figure Burr bigger than Mazurki. Shocked
Your opinion on the baby trade as noir stuff? Your rating?

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2016, 04:16:23 AM »

Can't imagine how could you figure Burr bigger than Mazurki. Shocked
Your opinion on the baby trade as noir stuff? Your rating?

i never saw burr and mazurki side by side for a comparison, burr is bulky but mazurki is half a head taller to boot. The baby stuff is a little far fetched as far as the involvement with the mob, but it's still entertaining enough.
i'd rate Abandoned a 6.5/7

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