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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"Dead Reckoning" (1947)

Humphrey Bogart fits into film noir like hand in glove in this by-the-numbers thriller, but that's not a bad thing. Just because it ticks off all the genre boxes, the viewing pleasures are about  watching all the conventions fall into place and enjoying the ride. Here he's a WWII vet, newly stateside, and his best army pal ends up dead. Playing amateur gumshoe he takes matters into his own hands, plunging into the nocturnal netherworld of the mob, murder, and the arms of a slinky Bacall-like blonde, Lizabeth Scott. No one does it like Bogie. 



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