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August 22, 2016
good psychological drama with early elements of film noir from that magical year, 1939
dietmountaindew
Super Reviewer
October 24, 2010
one early cinema piece toys with pop-freudianism, and it's like the filmmaker rips off "the interpretations of dreams" and put a crime story as example for illustrations, as if the audience then needs to be re-educated with some basic terms for psychoanalysis (perhaps still need that?)

a trigger-happy criminal takes hostage of a psychoanalyst's household and impulsively murders several men in fits of un-controllable rages, and he suffers from paranoaic nightmares and headache, so the doctor says he needs to confess to relieve his pain..then the criminal does. it turns out that he accidentally gets his father killed and the scenes in past memories get repressed and sublimated into other metaphoric objects in his dreams that continue to torment him with guilt. the result of diagnosis is: he's trigger-happy when he's provoked because he feels the need to eliminate the haunting vision of his dad (metaphoric patricide) everytime he gets upstaged and threatened, when he feels insecured about his power. but when doctor cures off his symton, his compulsively repeated nightmares, he also kills off the criminal's survival instinct. in the end, he loses his trigger-happy quickness and is unable to shoot back when the police arrives to arrest him...he dies.

the same story gets adapted again in 40s with william holden as the title role. but i still think the 30s version superior. and ann dvorak, paul muni's sister in scarface, plays the criminal's moll, another gritty performance from this good actress so full of nervous energies and hard-boiled street-wise one-liners.
½ April 21, 2010
Inte bara en av de första äkta noir-rullarna utan också det första fröet till terror/home invasion-genren. Dessutom en riktigt bra b-film!
½ July 14, 2009
Hilariously simplistic and naive shoe-horning of then trendy psychoanalysis into the genre. But the dream sequence is surprisingly well done and it is good fun to see Boston Blackie cast against type. Ann Dvorak is fantastic as his tough-talking moll, and their constant use of the word, "see" as punctuation is hysterical.
½ July 12, 2009
Interesting premise: a gangster and his henchmen (and henchwoman) rob a family, and then hold the family hostage in their home while they wait for their getaway boat. Meanwhile, the head of the household, a psychiatrist, notices how troubled the gangster is and tries to "cure" him. Film is a bit dated now and the field of psychology has changed a bit since the 1930s, but it's still interesting to watch Dr. Shelby get inside the head of the gangster and Ralph Bellamy is great in this role. This movie is not available on VHS or DVD so catch it on Turner Classic Movies when you can.
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