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April 11, 2016
This noir-ish B-movie quickie (only 62 minutes) coasts along on the personality of Lawrence Tierney - he's a tough guy and presumably the devil incarnate of the title. When a tipsy travelling salesman picks him up, Tierney is all smooth-talking (as the devil is wont to be) and convinces the hapless slub to do all manner of things to aid and abet Tierney's flight from the law. You see, he's on the lam after a hold-up turned murder. They pick up two gals also needing a ride (in the stretch between San Diego and L. A.) and wind up at the beach house of the salesman's colleague (out of town). All the while, the cops are closing in, assisted by a smart gas station attendant. Tierney alternates between smooth and merciless, trying hard not to show his true colours too often but soon everyone knows and the cops show up for the final showdown. It holds up pretty well for what it is but Born to Kill (also 1947) is the stronger Tierney vehicle. He never became a star (purportedly because of drink and off-screen punch-outs) but Tarantino did give him a final heyday in Reservoir Dogs.
July 26, 2015
A somewhat silly, but tight and enjoyable little b-thriller from the golden age of Hollywood. Stars Lawrence Tierney of 'Reservoir Dogs'.
January 25, 2014
Lawrence Tierney is perfect as the devil in this fast paced noir that sustains an atmosphere of menace throughout.
rubystevens
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2012
it's the most fun i've had since 'detour'! if you're a fan of lawrence tierney, u gotta see this. and it's on youtube!!
½ October 11, 2011
A nice film from a good director. It's just that the film doesn't leave much of an impression. It's nice to watch and you'll going to be entertained - especially by the mood and the charm of the era - but afterwards there's really nothing much to talk about. The themes, the plot and the characters are all pretty straightforward and the ending is a bit predictable. But is this a bad film? Not at all. It's a good example of a film noir film, and most of those are like this one: charming and mysterious, but in the end not overly ambitious. So if you're a fan of the genre and haven't seen this one, definitely give it a watch.
½ December 30, 2010
A nice film from a good director. It's just that the film doesn't leave much of an impression. It's nice to watch and you'll going to be entertained - especially by the mood and the charm of the era - but afterwards there's really nothing much to talk about. The themes, the plot and the characters are all pretty straightforward and the ending is a bit predictable. But is this a bad film? Not at all. It's a good example of a film noir film, and most of those are like this one: charming and mysterious, but in the end not overly ambitious. So if you're a fan of the genre and haven't seen this one, definitely give it a watch.
December 30, 2010
This films has been made with right attitude. Split Second uses kidnapping theme more freshly but Devil thumbs a ride is more compact, no dead scenes. And Betty Lawford is lovely.
June 16, 2008
great low budget noir Tierney (res dogs) is fantastic as a hood looking to exploit those around him. great stuff.
½ January 17, 2008
This is a tough one to find, but worth the search. Tierney does an excellent job as the cold-blooded hitch-hiker from hell. The way Tierney manipulates the passengers is really quite something, and there are moments of true suspense in the friend's house. Some of the acting from the lesser characters can be a little corny, but Tierney is more than enough reason to watch. And the climax is especially good. A definite must see for anyone in the market for a hard to find gem or fans of the film noir genre.
November 16, 2007
Classic = Want to see it.
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