The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Otto Preminger, director, does an excellent job of pacing the story and of building sympathy for Andrews.
Fox may not have plumbed the depths of realism this time, but it still looks interesting, even two-thirds of the way down.
A weatherbeaten Andrews gives one of his finest performances.
The last of Otto Preminger's studio pictures at Fox, this 1950 feature has many of the noirish qualities of his Laura and Fallen Angel: Dana Andrews, ambiguity about the characters' dark undertones, and a fluid, fascinating mise en scene.
Where the Sidewalk Ends offers what most audiences expect from a classic noir - cops, corruption, moody lighting, and a jazz-inflected soundtrack.
A beautiful system of obsessions and ambiguities
Strongly paced and gorgeously shot, the film showcases Hecht's writing at its best and is a perfect fit for Preminger.
Hecht once again examines the fine line between cop and criminal with memorable results.
...features several effective (and unexpected) plot twists.
An efficient, bleak noir with an Oedipal twist.
A cool and atmospheric gangster film. It may not be particularly memorable, but it is fun to watch.
A fascinating brutish and dark film noir that is set in the corrupt milieu of the underworld.
I know that there is no such thing as the 'perfect film', but I it's hard to imagine how they could have made this one any better. The only thing that comes to mind is fixing Gene Tierney's annoying overbite. Maybe.
A good ole Black and White Police Drama, this one is about a Detective who is been warned about roughing up his suspects, while questioning one the fight and he kills him, so he tries his best to cover it up, which only leads to others being wrongfully blamed. The story then unfolds as he tries to make all the wrongs fall into place. A movie ahead f its time. 4 stars.
A brilliant story, part of the film noir left over from the 40s, and starring two famous noir actors: Tierney and Andrews. I loved this movie.
Dead solid Preminger / Andrews outing. Seedy side of New York is the setting for this bad-cop noir. Preminger quietly does some very cool things moving the camera and blocking his actors.
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