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711 Ocean Drive Reviews

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½ July 13, 2015
a very good crime noir movie from 1950 that needed police protection while filming.
April 15, 2013
How the information highway leads straight to hell--Fairly Standard Los Angeles Noir!!
February 7, 2012
Truly enjoyed this noir. Unfortunately it's not talked about very much. Too bad; it's damn good. Edmond O'Brien starts w/ humble beginnings running lines for the ponies, seizes opportunity when his boss gets whacked & eventually gets caught up in the bookie syndicate. Not happy w/ the money he's making he wants the dame as well & puts the hit out on him. In fear of being blackmailed & caught he knocks of the mechanic himself. On the verge of being found out he stings the syndicate so he can flee the country w/ a shit load of cash. Great pacing to this that constantly evolves as a man who becomes more & more corrupt for personal gain & in the end flees for his life. O'Brien should have been happy w/ what he originally had but when you smell the green backs those who stand in your way must become casualties
May 22, 2010
Great post-war Noir that transitions b/w gangster individualism and syndicate films. It's a sort of Horatio Alger success story, told largely in flashback by O'Brien as he climbs the ladder of organized crime. This is done through technical innovation, conning the cons, stepping on the small operators in the numbers racket, and sheer cutthroat guile. Otto Kruger turns in an amazing performance as a made man, well above soiling his hands with petty details but wise to the tactics of both his criminal rivals and the police.

Despite the inevitable comeuppance of the conclusion, the point is made beforehand that criminality at Kruger's level is beyond the current reach of the law. So, there is the fated individual combined with a sense of futility in the face of a rigged system. Not unique themes, but told here in a nicely alternating combination and with great economy. Plus, 1950 LA locations are featured to outstanding effect.
½ May 7, 2010
A telephone technician schemes his way to the top of a bookie ring, but gets in over his head when he becomes involved with a national syndicate. By-the-numbers but enjoyable gangster noir, it gets the beats right and the tone right although it doesn't stand out much from the pack. I thought the particulars of the bookie business were rather confusing, but ultimately such details don't matter much. The highlight is the climax, a chase through the bowels of Boulder Dam reminiscent of the sewer chases in He Walked By Night and The Third Man. Like so many noirs, the worst of it is in the final moments, in this case a ridiculously preachy voice-over about the insidious evils of gambling.
November 2, 2008
A very entertaining film which contains a fascinating (for me) look at how the gambling industry utilized technology in the late 40s/early 50s. A great performance by Edmund O'Brien. A nice diversion on a rare rainy Saturday in LA.
½ August 3, 2008
this is an entertaining film noir without any major stars.the plot was good enough and the climax was exciting. joanna dru played the dame well and edmond o brien played the fred macmurray-like role well.
½ July 28, 2008
i love this "rise and fall" "rags to riches" tale about the rise and corruption of telephone company worker just an all out entertaining gangster flick
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