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½ September 9, 2017
Tight little low budget thriller from talented journeyman director Phil Karlson. Ginger Rogers plays a gangsters moll who's in protective custody until she can testify in court. Brian Keith plays the cop assigned to protect her and the great Edward G. Robinson is along for the ride as well. This one isn't a film noir classic, but it's solid entertainment that's a great showcase for Rogers, who would soon after stop appearing in films all that much, likely due to sexist Hollywood not wanting 40something actresses in leading roles.
½ June 18, 2012
Another 50`s film worth watching. Sure it is a simple film and by no means a full blown Classic. But i enjoyed watching it.
April 13, 2012
Worth a look if your into the older films. Has a good surprise ending.
February 18, 2012
noir from the 2nd cycle
July 24, 2010
Tight Spot opens to a group of detectives escorting a witness to trial. The cops reassure the witness that he is safe, but given the suspenseful atmosphere which the photography and score provide, we know this just isn't the case. As they ascend the stairwell, the witness is gunned down. Tight Spot is a noir suspense film that follows a former model (Ginger Rogers) whom is brought out of prison to testify against what we are told is the one of the biggest crime bosses the country has seen. She is put into protective custody in a nice hotel with a policeman named Vince (Brian Keith) as her primary protection.

Most of the film takes place in this single location as the DA (Edward G Robinson) and Vince try to convince her to testify. This film really succeeds because of fantastic script which slowly unravels plot points and character development smoothly with it never feeling out of place. Ginger and Vince begin to fall for one and other, which is really what drives the story. The dialogue is rather witty and there are some really great scenes between the street tough Ginger, and Vince. There is some action but for the most part Karlson relies on the suspense and tension between the three central characters to keep us interested, and for the most part it does. Great ending.
½ April 19, 2010
What would otherwise be a solid - if stagey - film noir from director Phil Karlson is squashed by the shrill, irritating presence of the woefully miscast Ginger Rogers in the lead. Even some strong moments of suspense and a great supporting role by Edward G. Robinson can't overcome the past-her-prime Rogers' tough gal ex-con, who seems to have wandered in from a bubbly romantic comedy.
April 2, 2010
What a treat to see Ginger Rogers in a role like this! She did a GREAT job! I also really enjoyed seeing Edward Robinson and Brian Keith, whose performances were also very enjoyable. Great cast! Neat movie.
September 3, 2008
Not too bad of a movie. Edward G is as always, great in what ever he does.
August 22, 2008
Ginger Rogers is exceptional in this. Even though there isn't a lot of action, there's enough suspense to keep you interested until the end.
½ July 19, 2008
cool film noir. ginger rogers start off a bit off but gets into the part. i love this period is eddie robinson's career, the soft and gentle cop. hes hard boiled but has a heart o gold. anyway, nice twisty film
July 17, 2008
while seeing Ginger with short hair takes awhile to get over, I was very surprised and pleased with this movie. Even with its horrible grey tones typical of the 50s an 60s.
Super Reviewer
½ July 16, 2008
Tight little crime drama. A B-movie in its day, second tier movies today can only wish for a cast like this.
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