Mary Poppins Returns
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This hell-for-leather 1953 noir demonstrates Ida Lupino's facility with actors and flawless pacing.
Both Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy are experts as stalwart men gripped in a situation they never made.
Taut, tough, and entirely without macho-glorification, it's a gem, with first-class performances from its three protagonists, deftly characterised without resort to cliché.
A perilous and grim film noir entry.
Lupino draws a performance of crackling malevolence from William Talman, as the serial killer physically and mentally scarred by his abusive childhood. Equally authentic is the impotent terror of weekend fishermen Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy.
If they gave awards for holding a gun in every single scene of a film from start to finish, (William) Talman would have won.
There's no estrogen whatsoever in The Hitch-Hiker, as spare and muscular a picture as the 1950s ever produced.
This suspenseful film noir is superbly acted and sharply helmed by Ida Lupino, one of the few women directors in Hollywood of the 1950s.
Talman's performance as a sadistic sleaze was powerful.
Ida Lupino directed this tough little pot-boiler of a thriller about 2 regular guys on a fishing trip who get kidnapped by one psychologically scarred piece of work for a cross-country trip via automobile. Everything's good here, everything, the direction, the acting, the writing ... a great noir.
A pretty good movie, but it could be better, especially now that there have been so many other movies like this one.
Great little Thriller by the only female directors of Hollywood's Golden Age, Ida Lupino.
It starts out amazingly and then sort of peters out toward the end, but overall very enjoyable.
Ultimately a bit of a shaggy dog story - but the first hour is tight, unnerving ride through the postwar male American psyche.
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