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Red Light (1949)





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Infused with religious themes, this crime drama is considered a minor example of film noir. Set in Los Angeles, it tells the grim story of vengeful embezzler Nick Cherney, who plots murderous revenge after he is fired from Johnny Torno's freight company. He gets it by killing Johnny's brother Jess, a chaplain who has just returned from the war. Johnny arrives at the hotel room of his brother Jess and finds him dying. Just before Jess expires he tells Johnny that the identity of his killer can be found in his Bible. Though every hotel room has a Bible, the one belonging in his brother's is missing. Though his girl friend, the priest and the police warn against a private investigation, Johnny ignores their advice and goes looking for that Good Book. His girl friend goes along with him. Before they go, they leave Warni Hazard in charge of the freight company. Nick Cherney shows up and takes off after Hazard who flees until finding safety beneath the tires of an enormous trailer. Nick sees him cowering there and in the film's most shocking sequence, coolly kicks one of the jacks holding up the trailer and while Hazard is crushed, Nick calmly takes a drag on his cigarette. Meanwhile, Johnny and his gal finally find the Bible and see that Jess had underlined a couple of verses that seem to suggest that Johnny leave the matter of revenge in God's hands. Johnny pays no heed to the message until the story's grim climax.


George Raft
as Johnny Torno
Virginia Mayo
as Carla North
Raymond Burr
as Nick Cherney
Barton MacLane
as Detective Strecker
Gene Lockhart
as Warni Hazard
Arthur Franz
as Jess Torno
as Trina
Arthur Shields
as Fr. Redmond
Edwin Max
as Ben Appleton
Frank Orth
as Stoner
Soledad Jiminez
as Pablo's Mother
Edward Gargan
as Truck Driver
Polly Moran
as Chambermaid
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Roy Del Ruth directs a routine film noir infused with themes of revenge and religion.

March 19, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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