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« : August 05, 2021, 04:15:01 PM »

I read Touhy's autobio a couple of weeks ago and though the facts therein, with maybe a couple of exceptions, are mostly fantasy, I was intrigued by this Chicago bootlegger who stood up to Capone and was imprisoned for a  kidnapping  that never happened. The movie was made after Touhy's escape from Stateville prison and is centered on the kidnapping (that never was), the prison time and the escape and final recapture. Of course, nobody knew that ten years later a judge would rule Touhy as innocent of the bogus kidnapping, though that didn't mean he was free as he had to spend another 5 years before being granted parole. And being murdered a month later by some mob killers. And the "victim" of the kidnapping (actually an international swindler) was granted a pardon by President Kennedy!
The movie cannot be judged as from its initial 95 minutes the Hays office required a 30'cut of violent scenes. A pity because you have a notable cast and a competent director. The final 10' are surely noir both as to photography and to angles.   


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