July 22, 2005

Recently seen and briefly noted 2

Nobody Lives Forever (Jean Negulesco, 1946)

Con man John Garfield comes back from the war and takes some time off in LA. There he's persuaded to con a rich young widow out of her 2 mil fortune. He falls for the widow, and his partners don't like that one bit. Shot in 1944 to get Garfield before his contract expired, this shows that even then Hollywood was gearing up for film noir. In a back room lit only by a lamp hanging from the ceiling, John Garfield beats the tar out of one of his partners and tells him for that he'll get nothing. The climax takes place at a fog-shrouded dock.


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