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« : July 08, 2018, 04:36:28 PM »

This film was recommended over in the Film Noir DVD thread.  It stars James Mason and Dan Duryea.  The plot is very simple so spoiler alerts.   Mason stars as the private doctor for mobster John Wheeler played by Dan Duryea.  Dr. Matson (Mason) decides to double cross Wheeler and take a suitcase full of his money and his woman and escape down to Mexico.  The film also features a very short cameo by Jack Elam as one of Wheeler's goons.  Back to the plot.  Once in Mexico with Wheeler's woman Mason has a change of heart thats influenced by his interactions with the Mexican villagers that he helps.  The film in fact takes place mainly in this village. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with Dan Duryea's talents being wasted on a film in which he barely appears in.  A lesser known actor would've been better in that role.  Finally, the code jumped smack up at the end as usual and ruined the film.  What really gets me here is Dr. Mason didn't get away with anything so what the code was looking for i do not know.  Because of the code, I rank this one a 6 out of 10.  If Mason could've got back to Mexico, I would've ranked this one a 7.5 out of 10. Its still worth a view...




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« #1 : July 09, 2018, 01:04:54 AM »

What really gets me here is Dr. Mason didn't get away with anything so what the code was looking for i do not know.

There is simply no way the code would've let Mason get off scot free, because...

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He would've gotten away with murder.


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« #2 : July 09, 2018, 04:22:13 PM »

Thats not true at all.  Dr. Matson killed Ollie in self defense.  Ollie had already killed his boss,  John Wheeler.  He cocked his gun and instructed Dr. Matson to empty the bag. You think once he got the money he was gonna let Matson walk?  No way and Matson knew it.  In fact, Matson brought the gun in the first place for self defense.  His intention was to return the money and hope to walk up out of there and return to Mexico.  Due to the fact that he had a change of heart down in Mexico AND returned the money, he should've been able to just walk.  He didn't even take any of the money after shooting Ollie in self defense.  The code ruined that ending.


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« #3 : July 10, 2018, 10:56:47 AM »

Thats not true at all.  Dr. Matson killed Ollie in self defense.  Ollie had already killed his boss,  John Wheeler.  He cocked his gun and instructed Dr. Matson to empty the bag. You think once he got the money he was gonna let Matson walk?  No way and Matson knew it.  In fact, Matson brought the gun in the first place for self defense.  His intention was to return the money and hope to walk up out of there and return to Mexico.  Due to the fact that he had a change of heart down in Mexico AND returned the money, he should've been able to just walk.  He didn't even take any of the money after shooting Ollie in self defense.  The code ruined that ending.

I didn't feel Mason thought for a second he could just walk in and leave without a scratch or that Duryea would not come after him again later on as revenge, not after his earlier double cross of Duryea. To start a new life, he needed to let go off the money, and take care of Duryea (as it turned out, it would be Conrad). That's just the way I felt during that scene.


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« #4 : July 10, 2018, 07:36:59 PM »

I didn't feel Mason thought for a second he could just walk in and leave without a scratch or that Duryea would not come after him again later on as revenge, not after his earlier double cross of Duryea. To start a new life, he needed to let go off the money, and take care of Duryea (as it turned out, it would be Conrad). That's just the way I felt during that scene.

Ok. Lets assume that you are correct about Matson's intentions. I thought about that also.  The problem I have again is that when Ollie pulled the gun on him, it became a self defense situation.  I see what you are saying but I feel that the self defense AND the fact he left the money was enough.  ADD that to the fact that he could've got on that plane and headed to Mexico City but instead went back to the village and helped that village.


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« #5 : July 21, 2018, 06:47:49 AM »

I really enjoyed reading the debate on here about this one. I can remember this film getting a bit bogged down after a time. But it does recover as I seem to recall. I need to see this one again after reading this thread.


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« #6 : July 21, 2018, 09:01:18 PM »

I really enjoyed reading the debate on here about this one. I can remember this film getting a bit bogged down after a time. But it does recover as I seem to recall. I need to see this one again after reading this thread.

Yes, we went back and forth over this.  Its a great film...


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