Pitfall Reviews

  • Apr 09, 2020

    Ho hum text book noire. 'Average Joe', Powell has a moment of weakness with' femme fatale' Scott who are then blackmailed by creepy stalker Burr. The only problem is that Scott is the only decent person of the three. She didn't know he was married and when she finds out, she tries to do the right thing. Movie ends with no closure. How many films noire did Burr play the creepy bad guy? He might hold the record.

    Ho hum text book noire. 'Average Joe', Powell has a moment of weakness with' femme fatale' Scott who are then blackmailed by creepy stalker Burr. The only problem is that Scott is the only decent person of the three. She didn't know he was married and when she finds out, she tries to do the right thing. Movie ends with no closure. How many films noire did Burr play the creepy bad guy? He might hold the record.

  • Dec 27, 2019

    Pitfall is a decent film. It is about a married insurance adjuster John Forbes falls for femme fatale, Mona Stevens. Dick Powell and Lizabeth Scott gave good performances. The screenplay is well written. Andre De Toth did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.

    Pitfall is a decent film. It is about a married insurance adjuster John Forbes falls for femme fatale, Mona Stevens. Dick Powell and Lizabeth Scott gave good performances. The screenplay is well written. Andre De Toth did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Good cast, with Raymond Burr the most interesting as an unhinged private investigator. Otherwise it doesn't build much suspense.

    Good cast, with Raymond Burr the most interesting as an unhinged private investigator. Otherwise it doesn't build much suspense.

  • Feb 27, 2019

    A solid Film Noir from the Golden Age.

    A solid Film Noir from the Golden Age.

  • May 30, 2017

    This family drama about a man who is bored with his routine, but comes to appreciate it only when he gets embroiled into a crazy affair. It moves a bit slow for me. The main character should feel as though he is the luckiest man in the world at the end, but instead he is in a world of self pity and almost ruins the family he has built. The acting was good and the only thing that kept my attention. It felt almost realistic.

    This family drama about a man who is bored with his routine, but comes to appreciate it only when he gets embroiled into a crazy affair. It moves a bit slow for me. The main character should feel as though he is the luckiest man in the world at the end, but instead he is in a world of self pity and almost ruins the family he has built. The acting was good and the only thing that kept my attention. It felt almost realistic.

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    Jun 01, 2016

    Fairly good drama about the perils of infidelity. A bored, middle class, married man with a child falls for a jailed crook's girlfriend. Things get more complicated when the woman is stalked by another suitor who tries to frame her into dating him. Performances by the three leads are all excellent,Dick Powell as the adulterer, Lizabeth Scott as the femme fatale and Raymond Burr as the scorned man. Film's conclusion suffers from a didactic conclusion, no doubt influenced by the censor board at the time. Recommended for noir fans.

    Fairly good drama about the perils of infidelity. A bored, middle class, married man with a child falls for a jailed crook's girlfriend. Things get more complicated when the woman is stalked by another suitor who tries to frame her into dating him. Performances by the three leads are all excellent,Dick Powell as the adulterer, Lizabeth Scott as the femme fatale and Raymond Burr as the scorned man. Film's conclusion suffers from a didactic conclusion, no doubt influenced by the censor board at the time. Recommended for noir fans.

  • Jun 09, 2015

    Post-War suburban boredom leads to infidelity and murder. Jane Wyatt and Raymond Burr foreshadow future roles. Brilliant cast and a tight script make this a lost noir classic. Worth seeking out.

    Post-War suburban boredom leads to infidelity and murder. Jane Wyatt and Raymond Burr foreshadow future roles. Brilliant cast and a tight script make this a lost noir classic. Worth seeking out.

  • Aug 25, 2014

    Burr truly menacing, a stalker before stalker movies. Liz Scott very sympathetic ---not the Stanwick femme fatale.

    Burr truly menacing, a stalker before stalker movies. Liz Scott very sympathetic ---not the Stanwick femme fatale.

  • May 19, 2014

    Pitfall (1948) I'm a big fan of the non-musical Dick Powell movies. But Pitfall isn't one of my favorites, but maybe you'll like it. This one is those typical film noirs where the protagonist is caught in a trap (usually of his own making). This one features a very young Raymond Burr (from Perry Mason) and Jane Wyatt (from Father Knows Best). John Forbes (Powell) is a bored suburbanite. He feels that he's in a rut, despite being an insurance adjuster/investigator in Los Angeles, and married to a very hot wife, Sue (Wyatt). Then one of his private detectives, MacDonald (Burr) brings a report about a model, Mona Stevens (Lizabeth Scott) who is the fiancée of the guy, Bill Smiley (Byron Barr) who stole from the insurance company and is doing time in jail. Mac isn't hiding the fact that he has the hots for Mona and that he's very serious about her. John tells him to pursue her on his own time. John heads over to Mona's apartment to collect any money or gifts that Smiley may have given her. Mona doesn't take to John's taking her valuables, including her engagement ring. Mona gives John hell for his callousness and John takes it to heart. Even tries, to let her keep her beloved speed boat, until Mac turns this item in also. There is even a "Fade to Black" moment between John and Mona. Mac is obsessed with Mona, stalking both of them as well as egging on poor Smiley from jail. Things will come to a head with all of them.

    Pitfall (1948) I'm a big fan of the non-musical Dick Powell movies. But Pitfall isn't one of my favorites, but maybe you'll like it. This one is those typical film noirs where the protagonist is caught in a trap (usually of his own making). This one features a very young Raymond Burr (from Perry Mason) and Jane Wyatt (from Father Knows Best). John Forbes (Powell) is a bored suburbanite. He feels that he's in a rut, despite being an insurance adjuster/investigator in Los Angeles, and married to a very hot wife, Sue (Wyatt). Then one of his private detectives, MacDonald (Burr) brings a report about a model, Mona Stevens (Lizabeth Scott) who is the fiancée of the guy, Bill Smiley (Byron Barr) who stole from the insurance company and is doing time in jail. Mac isn't hiding the fact that he has the hots for Mona and that he's very serious about her. John tells him to pursue her on his own time. John heads over to Mona's apartment to collect any money or gifts that Smiley may have given her. Mona doesn't take to John's taking her valuables, including her engagement ring. Mona gives John hell for his callousness and John takes it to heart. Even tries, to let her keep her beloved speed boat, until Mac turns this item in also. There is even a "Fade to Black" moment between John and Mona. Mac is obsessed with Mona, stalking both of them as well as egging on poor Smiley from jail. Things will come to a head with all of them.

  • Nov 18, 2013

    awesome noir with 1 of my fave gals of noir, lizabeth scott how this differs from most noirs as it is set in suburbia not some big city or other urban setting.

    awesome noir with 1 of my fave gals of noir, lizabeth scott how this differs from most noirs as it is set in suburbia not some big city or other urban setting.