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I May Destroy You
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The film Behind Green Lights is a crime, mystery drama. It's an old classic film from the mid 40's. It has a small cast and because of that you are able to get know just about everyone and their stories. Most of the scenes take place in the police station. One night out of nowhere a dead man's body is found in a car right outside of the station. They begin to search to discover who the man is. They find out that it is the body of Walter Bard. Walter had previously been blackmailing different people. When Lieutenant Carson does some investigating of the body he finds a small notebook with the name of Janet Bradley. So one of the first things the Carson decides to do is to interrogate her. That's how he finds out that Walter had been blackmailing her and a friend for $20,000. Leading Carson to question her even more as is it seems very suspicious that she would kill him for that. She claims that she is innocent, but Carson isn't quite convinced just yet, especially because of a local newspaper owner, Max, who wants Carson to arrest her in order to create some problems for Janet's father, who happens to be running for mayor the following Tuesday. Of course Carson decides against that, even though Max tries to bribe him.
Carson calls in Dr. Yager to examine the body in order to see if they can find anything that will be able to shed some more light as to what happened. In the meantime, Carson interrogates Walter's wife who is in the process of getting a divorce with him, as he feels that she might have some knowledge as to what may have happened. She goes to the interview with her boyfriend who is also her attorney, Arthur. They both tell him their stories and Carson deems them innocent as well. This leaves Carson in a tight situation as he is running out of potential suspects, but just as soon as it seems all is lost a lead in the form of an older lady comes in. She is a local flower saleswoman who had sold flowers to Walter earlier. She claims he never paid her for the flowers so she decided to go see him to collect her money. As she shows up to Walter's, she sees the doctor break into Walter's apartment looking very suspicious.
Carson immediately calls in the doctor in order to question him. The doctor tries to cover up by lying, but Carson knows the truth. The doctor is the murderer. Walter knew about a malpractice suit and the doctor had to kill him before it got to the public. It turns out that when the doctor examined Walter's body he tried to hide because he knew how he had dies by poison.
This is the problem with those who think they are above the law and think that they are smarter than everyone else. The doctor was so concerned with what might have been if he got caught, he let that cloud his judgments. He came to think that Walter's life was of lesser value than his problem. Instead of owning up to his mistakes he tried to keep it a secret. And when people do that they end up being worse off, just like the doctor in this movie. He now gets charged with murder instead of just losing his practice and money.
It is just like the story of David and Bath-Sheba in the Bible. It started off with what could have been a small innocent glance but ended up him also having someone killed. We have laws to protect others, and a lot of the times when someone commits a "smaller" crime they become so worried about the consequences that they try cover it up usually with something bigger without thinking clearly. It really has a lot to do with where you own character is. If you happen to make a mistake the first thing you have to do it take care of it, you can't let it sit and grow by trying to cover it, that'll only make it worse.
That's where the doctor's problems first started. He became so obsessed with hiding his original mistake that he let it come to killing someone, one of the worst crimes. With him being a doctor you would expect more out of him. That leads me to believe that is why Carson was so slow to question him, he was supposedly on his side, a close associate, one of the least suspected to be a murderer. It's really quite interesting to see the process of the doctor's decline, I bet that if someone was to ask the doctor before this all happened if murdering is bad he would say that of course it's bad. So from going from that, to telling himself that its ok to kill in order to make sure Walter didn't spread his secret, is a huge a difference. A sad decline of how he lost his freedom and life.
The Big Combo is an old crime drama that was released early 1955. Its main storyline is the classic good vs evil plot. The director did a really good job of depicting certain dilemmas some of the main characters had with personal struggles to choose between right and wrong. One thing in this film that is portrayed well is that there is three different groups of people; the good guys, the bad guys, and then those who are bad who end up doing the right thing. The director did a good job expressing that even though you may be in a bad situation where you are involved with close friends, that it's never too late to make the right decision.
Lt. Diamond seems to be on a personal mission to make sure that he gets his man, Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown is the organized crime boss who has become extremely powerful and wealthy. I really enjoyed how the film portrays Mr. Brown. He is one evil guy, who appears to be heartless. Earlier on in the film Mr. Brown is talking to a boxer and is explaining to him what makes him so "successful" compared to others, his secret is hate. That is what has motivated him, that and power, money and girls. It was a very insightful scene into letting us see more into his life. Mr. Brown has two helpers, Mingo and Fante. They do everything that they are told from Mr. Brown. They are too loyal to such an evil man.
Lt. Diamond is portrayed as a typical cop in that he is a good guy who just wants the right thing done and works tirelessly to make sure that happens. He encounters many situations and setbacks, including that his own superior thinks he is wasting his time, trying to bring down Mr. Brown and how he has used too much money try to accomplish it. But in the end his hard work pays off.
Mr. Brown, as it first starts off, has a girlfriend who keeps trying to escape from him because she is mistreated. As she tries to escape over and over again Mingo and Fante are assigned to keep her on a tight leash. It gets to the point where his girlfriend takes some pills in order to try and kill herself. Luckily for her she gets taken to the hospital in time and survives. But as she was close to dying she repeated "Alicia" multiple times, which gives Lt. Diamond a new lead and even closer to bringing down Mr. Brown. It ends up that Alicia was Mr. Brown's ex-wife, who is in a crazy house because she witnessed so many evil things that Brown did. She ends up being of great help to Lt. Diamond.
Mr. Brown ends up losing patience and starts committing more crimes, so much so that Mingo and Fante have to hide in a hotel for a couple days in order to stay out of sight from the cops. They don't have much food and are surrounded by a lot of alcohol. Mr. Brown shows up one day to bring them food and lots of money so that they can escape and be able to live for a while. As they open the box of money, they realize that Mr. Brown put a bomb in the box and it explodes. Fante dies and Mingo is badly injured. At first Mingo is hesitant to rat out Mr. Brown even after he tries to kill them! But Mingo ended up telling the Lt. what happened. Brown is nowhere to be seen, but his ex-wife knows where he is hiding, at his private airport. Lt. Diamond final is able to get Mr. Brown.