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Simple but very nice cop thriller in a mix of documentary and noir styles, Trapped has a solid story and an excellent cast - Bridges, Payton, Hoyt, Todd and the supporting cast are convincing. Lloyd Bridges is playing his charming, swaggering self, in this role as the tough guy.
A run of the mill crime thriller about counterfeiters--No-Nonsense Crime Drama!!
Richard Fleischer directs this minor so-so crime thriller in a semi-documentary style.
How Wichita St. felt yesterday facing the Ram D.
Well it's like a semi documentary then it moves into what Noirs are with Shadows and Shady people. But the poor image kind of stole the show though, but it was well acted.
A nice B-noir starring Lloyd Bridges and Barbara Payton as an escaped counterfeiter and his girl trying to make a deal for $250,000 in counterfeit money so they can flee the country. Bridges first makes a fake escape from prison after U.S. Treasury agents offer him a deal to help them track down the counterfeit plates he used to make his counterfeit money, then makes what he thinks is a real escape from the Treasury, though they anticipate his every move keep him under constant surveillance as he makes a deal that leads them to the plates. Bridgesâ(TM) acting in this film is terrific and Payton is stunning, perhaps at her most beautiful in her short career before the tragic decline that followed. The fatality that marked Payton's later life seems to add a haunting irony to this film, for as the title suggests, the film is marked by a strong theme of fatalism as Bridges and Payton seek to escape while the viewer knows they are trapped by the inevitable success of the Treasury agents. While the film quality is grainy and the film at times seems like a bit too much like a propagandistic recruitment film for the Treasury, overall the plot and acting are gripping and this is a very good film.
The police procedural was a popular style of film making in the 1940's. Trapped starts off as a semi-documentary showing stock footage of the Treasury Department and how it functions with a STERN-VOICED-NARRATER guiding us through. The real story begins with the finding of a $20 note in a bank. The fake note was the work of forger Tris Stewert who has been in prison for several years. A deal is made for him to locate the plates and the counterfeiters, which he gladly agrees to until he slips his minders and goes it alone...
Richard Fleischer directs this lean, taut thriller which runs along at a good pace but is ultimately an unremarkable B-movie that is instantly forgettable. The dialogue has the characters talk in a tough style that often feels forced. Lloyd (daddy of Jeff and Beau) Bridges does his best tough guy act as the escaped forger but from a contemporary perspective, I find it difficult to take him serious because of his 1980's film parodies (Airplne-1980, Hotshots-1991). He does though show enough energy on screen so it's a surprise to find the focus switch from him to another less interesting character in the final act. Another flaw in the plot is when a major character is shot for no apparent reason or motive other than to move the story along.
With a few interesting twists and turns, a nifty car chase scene and an electrifying finale there is some mild interest to be had.
The poor quality transfer to DVD does not help matters and it's difficult to appreciate the stark lighting and cinematography which is a hallmark of noir. Overall an average run-of-the-mill Film Noir recommended for completists only.
Not the Best Movie in Black & White, Early Hollywood, and Low Budget. Made in 1949, I rented it because of Barbara Payton, who I thought was a early Hollywood Bombshell, after doing some research on her its said that she became a on the street hooker, a shame because she was a beautiful women. In this one she played the girlfriend of Lloyd Bridges who broke out of prison and the G-Men are after him. Again Early Hollywood , 2 1/2 Stars
Half decent film noir starring Lloyd Bridges, but pretty much ruined by the godawful quality of the 'Glass Key' DVD. Grainy, bad sound and generally poor transfer.
6.5/10. Done in the semi-documentary style typical of it's time, this is a good and compelling film noir. Good photography, the cast is fine as is the direction.