Dead Reckoning Reviews
Right down to the "I gotta turn ya in but I'll miss ya babe" soliloquy, the two films are extremely similar in flavor & spirit. Lizabeth Scott fills in for Lauren Bacall; she's got the look and the walk, but her chemistry's just not quite as captivating. Then again, Bogey wasn't shackin' up with Scott.
Viewers who have seen "Falcon" will be nagged by a sense of deja vu, still it's a rollicking and solid two hours of Bogey fast talking his way around bullets, frame-ups, mickey-laden booze, right hooks - and a sultry dame that's nothing but trouble.
RECOMMENDATION: Essential for noir fans; well recommended to others.
As mentioned earlier, the leads are played by Bogart and Scott. Bogart plays his typical noir character in fairly typical fashion. He's had far more memorable performances, but this worked well enough. I was less impressed with Scott. She was passable, but seems a little expressionless and deliberate in the film.
Overall, this film is an average film. It has some good suspense and plot twists to keep the viewer interested, but it is not a highly-memorable film. The film received decent reviews upon its release and today is just a minor footnote in history. It's good enough to check out, but probably doesn't warrant a second viewing.
UP NEXT: To be determined.
While sitting in a confessional booth, Captain Rip Murdock tells the tale of him and his best friend, Johnny Drake, on their way to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. On their way, Johnny hops off the train and Rip pursues him. It quickly becomes apparent he's in trouble and a strange girl and gangster appear involved. Rip will investigate the whereabouts of his missing friend.
"You've got that look in your eyes."
"I've got that look in my eyes?"
"If you do, keep it there."
John Cromwell, director of Of Human Bondage, The Racket, A Matter of Morals, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Scavengers, Since you Went Away, and Made for Each Other, delivers Dead Reckoning. The storyline for this film is very methodical and slow at times but comes together wonderfully. The script is brilliant as is the dynamic between the two main characters. The acting is perfect and the cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott, William Prince, and Charles Cane.
"Where have we met?"
"In another guy's dream."
I grabbed this off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because it starred the legend Humphrey Bogart. While Bogart wasn't a gangster in this movie, he delivered his lines gritty and very pointed that he always came across like "I'm smarter than you." I loved it. I didn't love every second of the film, and did feel the pace was uneven at times, but I will say this was very good and I scored this a 9 because I loved the ending. This is a must see for sure.
"Maybe she was alright."
"Maybe Christmas comes in July."