1. I will have more to say about this intriguing film later today during my afternoon prep. Again Mr. D’Ambra has intrigued us with a review of a film that has not yet been seen, although the esteemed Mssrs. Braham and Musuraca need no introduction.

  2. “this musical motif triggers a psychotic episode that is both cathartic and catastrophic.”

    Fascinating and exciting observations like this are what consistantly make this website and its proprietor as the best place for film noir enthusiasts to spend their precious time. Mr. D’Ambra has again fashioned an essay of descriptive insights, and has footnoted his piece with a cogent flashback quote–“a technical shot in the dark”– from Borde and Chaumenton and another statement from the ever-reliable Andrew Spicer.
    The story of a person who is both a “kleptomaniac” and a “pathological liar” is interesting in an of itself, without the added fascination of “Freudian concepts to explore criminal psychology” and yet another noir treatment of “entrapment” which has been featured several times this month in other reviews here at filmsnoir.net. I am intrigued by the promise of “baroque atmosphere” and the glorious complicity of that incomparable RKO team, the esteemed Nicholas Musuraca, composer Roy webb and crack art director Albert D’Agostino. Of course, John Braham (as noted by Tony) directed both “The Lodger” and “Hangover Square” two films I HAVE seen, and value most highly, especially the former.
    And who could not be just a little excited over the prospects of a film that is inhibited by the likes of Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum and Gene Raymond.

    Magnificent and authoritative treatment of a relatively hard-to-find but apparently essential noir.

  3. Hi! Tony,
    I guess I have to seek this title out again, after reading your review.

    Because I must admit after viewing this film for the first time, I just watched it without any thought, but after reading your review I plan to dissect it upon viewing it again.
    Tks, ;)

    Btw,_’_ _ _ _ _ I can’t wait! for Publishing Clearing House to knock on your door!…Mr._’_ _ _ _ _, you are entitled to a “Zillion” dollars only if darkcitydame, say your last name!…Will she say his last name again?…hmmm…Stay Tune!

  4. I do enjoy this film a great deal, Tony, and your write-up here is quite the provocatively intelligent piece on it. I love your points about the film’s “suffocatingly surreal mise-en-scene,” and the gloomy, baroque atmosphere in which the plot unfolds. Simply superlative.

  5. richie

    This is a fascinating and haunting film.
    I think the psychology is very plausible and you feel nothing but sympathy for the traumatised woman

  6. Mark

    Exactly what was the name of the tune the music box played? It sounds like the same tune Rhoda played on the piano in the movie The Bad Seed.

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