a load of atmosphere and malarkey in search of a coherent storyline
| Original Score: 2/5
...a slow-paced, thoroughly dull piece of work...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
One of Robert Mitchum's weaker movies
| Original Score: B-
All the other ingredients, including Miss Russell's famed physique, are pretty much the same as have been tumbled into previous cheesecakes with Jane and Bob.
Sternberg's personality survives; what's missing is the soul that might have turned the artifice and self-parody into poetry.
What is so enjoyable, apart from Harry Wild's shimmering camerawork, is the tongue-in-cheek tone of the script and performances, best evidenced in the sparkling banter and innuendo between Mitchum and Russell.
If you are looking for an underrated film noir gem--that somehow got swept under the rug--this is it!
| Original Score: B+
Stylish noir from Sternberg.
| Original Score: 4/5
An exciting film noir entry, steaming up the screen with sultry, sexy Russell and a somnambulistic Mitchum who manage to clinch often, despite their sneering disregard for each other.
| Original Score: 3/4