The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Despite an involved plot and an occasional overabundance of palaver, not all of which is bright, this yarn about a cash-hungry dame who doesn't let men or conscience stand in her way, is an adult and generally suspenseful adventure.
The movie failed to find much of an audience in its own time. It looks a little better every year.
As the money-hungry woman without a conscience, Scott is terrific, seductive as Ulysses' sirens and just as destructive to the men she draws into her web.
The husky-voiced winsome smiling Lizabeth Scott turns in a finely tuned performance as the femme fatale.
Lisabeth Scott as a lady whose first rule is "money is king" and whose second rule is "didn't you read the first rule?". Once you begin to understand that you feel sorry for anyone she meets because you know something life-changing that they don't. This noir has lots of caged tension going for it, and the Duryea/Scott changing dynamic/character arc is reason for paying the admission alone. Mmm ... good noir.
Solid noir with one of the more despicable femme fatales in the genre's history. Fortunately that succubus is played by Lizabeth Scott, one of the best purveyors of silky villainy the genre ever had.
wow what a performance by lizabeth scott! well she's a little less wooden than usual anyway. mild mannered housewife morphs into psychotic killer when a suitcase full of cash lands in her car. it's a shame this film isn't better known. it's public domain and not in the best condition. there were some really abrupt cuts in the version i saw. i hope this gets a restoration one day. lizabeth deserves it!
If you value your life, don't come between Lizabeth Scott and her money!
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