1. Sad to say I come to this tremendous post not having seen either of the two films being showcased to establish a compelling psychological underpinning in film noir. But I still saw the dots connected most persuasively with yet another scholarly examination of what motivates the gangster. I am thinking of several of Cagney’s roles, others by Muni, Robinson and Mitchum, and how this general perception can be applied. I completely agree that the subversiveness of noir allows for an accurate gage in this parallel.

  2. Thanks Sam.

    Blind Alley is definitely rewarding. Vidor’s handling of the denoument is brilliantly visual. There is a poignant irony relayed using purely the mis-en-scene and the viewer’s knowledge of a physical disability – saying any more would risk revealing a spoiler.

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