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Great Message, Great Symbolism, Very Good Movie
Great Message, Great Symbolism, Very Good Movie
It’s hard to go totally wrong with Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, and Robert Ryan all together as the three male leads, and with director Edward Dmytryk pulling together a complicated murder and detective yarn. That’s reason enough to watch it once and even twice.
You might need a second look to fully catch the plot as it is explained (too much) or shown in flashback (also too much) because it’s a little complicated without good reason. But it makes sense overall, and we see early on (too early probably) who the culprit is, and even why.
Besides the drama, well done in typical noir lighting and filled with those short quips that make post-war films dramatic, there is the social message, the anti-anti-Semitic point of it all. It only borders on preachy once or twice, and it’s such an obviously good point to make we watch it being made approvingly and wait for the plot and the dramatic acting to take front row. Which they do, especially Young, who is a brilliantly laconic and patient detective, and Ryan, who is mean in a believably crude and angry way (Ryan is good at that, his typecasting reasonable). Mitchum mostly plays a watered down version of what he is famous for, and the fourth known acting force, Gloria Grahame, is a great, brief, presence even if slightly dispensable.
Though the movie is dominated by the sequence of events and by the message, both of which grow in force as we go, it is really easy to watch just for the lighting, camera-work, and acting, including the classic fight scene that opens the first few seconds of the film, all done with shadows.
The archetypes of soldiers presented is very deliberate, and this might be something people at the time were very familiar with and could relate to as much as the anti-Semitism thread. The shell-shocked soldier rendered helpless (but still intrinsically capable), the modest youngster without confidence (but capable, too), and the weary but outwardly able veteran are all there. And of course, the angry, violent soldier who is a product of the war, too. This last is also a responsibility of society–even the army goes all out to make good on the injustices here, not just because they are criminal, but because they stem from the wear and tear of a long awful war.
The audience then, more than now, could really get, but it’s there to appreciate still.
Ugly and penetrating…not entertaining, yet engrossing
As an Army sergeant just released from duty, Robert Ryan creates a scary, thoroughly thought-out characterization, that of a man who has seen battle and killing but is now set free on the streets of America–with no agenda and nowhere to channel his pent-up rage. This “important picture”, adapted from Richard Brooks’ novel, deals with the police investigation into the beating death of a Jewish civilian, with soldiers as their suspects, yet Ryan’s three-dimensional portrait of a man on the edge elevates the material beyond the crime genre. While sorting out the different scenarios which led to the innocent man’s death, police captain Robert Young keeps a subdued, beleaguered head, which allows Ryan the room to go into his nervy Jekyll-and-Hyde arias. There isn’t much suspense or surprise in the story, and one can’t tell for sure if any was intended; Edward Dmytryk has directed the film in a brutal and straightforward fashion. The original theme of Brooks’ story was homophobia but, that being deemed too controversial for 1947, it was changed to anti-Semitism; the irony, of course, was that Dmytryk caught the attention of the House Un-American Activities Committee on the basis of this plot-point and was subsequently investigated (later serving jail-time for refusing to cooperate). **1/2 from ****
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 26 min (86 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director Edward Dmytryk
Writer John Paxton, Richard Brooks
Actors Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 5 Oscars. 3 wins & 8 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory RKO Studio Lab, USA (uncredited)
Film Length 2,346 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm