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I May Destroy You
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I usually enjoy this kind of story, the murderer who has to work closely with the people trying to solve the crime, and slowly feels the noose tightening around his/her neck. It's terrific in Dial M for Murder and Where the Sidewalk Ends (even The Woman in the Window, despite its silly ending). This is a slightly more subdued version of it, tense but more in a psychological way. A little heavy on the mumbo jumbo maybe, but not annoyingly so. Loretta Young does a good job with it. I still don't think much of Robert Cummings, his smarminess nearly ruins Saboteur and he's not much better here. However, Wendell Corey is always a delight. There's a few clever bits of business, particularly with reflections. The film does suffer from a couple of common noir flaws: a lousy score and a conclusion that's too tidy. Otherwise, though, it's quite enjoyable.
Absolutely flawless cinematically. Every shot is pristine, and Dieterle sure knew how to work the Venetian blinds. All problems rest in story and acting. Loretta Young, even while exuding movie-star power, is unable to impart the needed edge of excellence or camp that could have made this film the classic it looks like. (Joan Crawford could have done it.) But it's still certainly worth the time.