This is a real must-see for suspense-lovers. Without giving away the ending, I'll say that this classic horror film succeeds with its spine-tingling plot and exceptional performances by this outstanding cast . Thanks to the former motion picture movie code of the past, the ending delivers a compelling and spell-binding message for the ages.
I loved this movie--but I am biased towards many (most older) films with Frank Sinatra and/or Jane Russell in them--whom I must say were both adorable in this film. Comedy was more innocent back then--and I liked that the film also centered around Christmas time. Jane did, indeed, play the "dumb brunette" and Grouch Marx was also fabulous in this film. Lots of clean fun! And especially fun to watch before the holidays! Recommended. In the book of Proverbs, it says "Laughter is like a medicine" (Living word translation). Especially now in these challenging times!
2 Timothy 1: 7 - For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
This movie is riveting and packed with suspense from beginning to end. I have watched it more than once, especially enthralled by Lana Turner's and John Garfield's performance. Not to mention Cecil Kelloway's unforgettable performance--making you wonder how someone could be so stupid--not catching on to what is going in right under his nose. Or--is that just a put-on? Later on in the story--do we think that maybe Kelloway's character was "on" to what was going on all the time? But what enjoyed was the many twists and turns throughout the story. And thank goodness for the movie code back then--that left us with the realization--without giving away the ending--that "crime doesn't pay?"
Not exactly the best example of a "role model" --for a leading man in a film--but we can overlook that--since the film is hilariously funny and essentially harmless--with better humor than most of the modern films today.
This was a riveting film with outstanding actors in the lead--Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin. Poitier, as usual, was fantastic--and I already had seen Bobby Darin in "Captain Newman" and was also impressed by his performances. This film could change people's lives, as we realize Bobby Darin's character's horrible background (still no excuse for becoming a Nazi and/or for the awful crimes he committed--one explicitly shown in the film (in his past). I wish and pray that people like Bobby Darin's character are not just treated as psychiatric patients (which Sidney Poitier's character as a psychiatrist could only go so far to do--and even then, we realize, his character was just human, like the rest of us--and was profoundly angered by his patient's "psychopathic-like" personality.) I wonder if more people heard the gospel--and were offered more spiritual help--if that would make a difference in their lives. John 3: 16 - For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes shall not perish, but have everlasting life. And Verse 17 goes on--to offer a "no-condemnation" gift without strings attached from a God Who loves us and cares for His children. Verse 17 - For God didn't send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." This, I think, is the problem for teachers and counselors today--so much "Freudian" therapy. But if they were offered spiritual "therapy," would it make more of a difference?