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Title: To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Post by: dave jenkins on March 18, 2017, 10:30:49 AM
I love this film. Unhappily, there doesn't seem to be a decent print in existence, but at least we don't have to pay to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh25AF3IfLI&t=2976s

UPDATE: That link is now busted, but there's a new one below.
Title: Re: To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Post by: Jessica Rabbit on March 19, 2017, 07:27:57 AM
Thanks for the link (and the two others), I didn't even know this one. The print is indeed bad, but I'll watch it anyway.
Title: Re: To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Post by: XhcnoirX on August 17, 2017, 04:05:56 AM
Just watched this last night... It's an enjoyable film, but the bad print really hampers things at times... It's also a tad bit too long, and there's too much voice over narration/exposition going on (esp in the last part of the movie on the steamer to NYC, with Dick Powell narrating the layout of the rooms while pointing it out on a map, several times in a row).

But it also has a sense of realism and grimness that sets it apart from similar 'crime busting' movies of the time that took the semi-documentary style approach... The methods that were employed to grow and smuggle the drugs were quite clever. And the scene early on where a hundred slaves are callously 'disposed of' at sea... Damn, that was quite graphic for 1948!

It's far from a perfect film, but if a clean print every surfaces and gets a nice DVD or blu-ray release, I wouldn't hesitate to add it to the collection. 7+/10
Title: Re: To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Post by: dave jenkins on March 03, 2021, 06:43:36 AM
Just watched this last night... It's an enjoyable film, but the bad print really hampers things at times... It's also a tad bit too long, and there's too much voice over narration/exposition going on (esp in the last part of the movie on the steamer to NYC, with Dick Powell narrating the layout of the rooms while pointing it out on a map, several times in a row).

But it also has a sense of realism and grimness that sets it apart from similar 'crime busting' movies of the time that took the semi-documentary style approach... The methods that were employed to grow and smuggle the drugs were quite clever. And the scene early on where a hundred slaves are callously 'disposed of' at sea... Damn, that was quite graphic for 1948!

It's far from a perfect film, but if a clean print every surfaces and gets a nice DVD or blu-ray release, I wouldn't hesitate to add it to the collection. 7+/10
Good comments. And I found it again on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7t1Cep0LIg&feature=emb_logo

I like this film a lot, even with all the caveats. Powell is kind of a proto James Bond in this, and there's a Bondian globe-trotting vibe in it (although all the exotic locations--Shanghai, Egypt, Beirut, Cuba--are all played by California, enhanced with file footage) and the organization he's fighting ends up smelling a lot like SPECTRE. There's a twist at the end I didn't see coming at all the first time I watched this.