A classic, tension-packed, three-way dance of death about two middle-class American homebodies (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on vacation in Mexico on a long-awaited fishing trip. Suddenly their car and their very lives are commandeered by psychopathic serial killer Emmett Myers (William Talman). The striking light/dark contrasts, the stunning compositions (such as the two kidnap victims separated by a narrow stream from a gun-cradling madman with a lazy eye) and the spatial integrity of a determining sense of locale (the pitiless topography of a rockbound, horizonless Mexico over which hovers an ever-present doom) all contribute mightily to this fascinating character study.
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First ever film noir directed by a woman. Ida Lupino was an incredibly prolific and ground breaking actress and director.
If that isn't reason enough to watch, consider the masterful suspense and dialogue. Hitchcock certainly wasn't the only game in town.
A real 50's thriller in the classic sense,...typical of the genre.
certainly suspenseful in the mode of the time..moody photography and composition..ambitious for Ida Lupino who aspired to be surpass her male colleagues..ultimately predicatble..
Also, it is never clear in these movies how two people can't outwit a tired and tense outlaw..I mean, how come he never sleeps or, even more absurdly, how come he sleeps with a gun steady in his hand?
fantastic. amazing direction. i could almost SMELL things happening. totally gripping.
Great story, poor quality copy.
At least two of the actors went on to major roles in other movies. That nasty fellow who later played Hamilton Burger on "Perry Mason" was the bad guy.