Review: ‘The Web’

There are no Freudian angles cluttering up The Web's melodrama. Picture presents a crook who kills because he wants money and power and not because of some psycho-quirk springing from a past incident.

There are no Freudian angles cluttering up The Web’s melodrama. Picture presents a crook who kills because he wants money and power and not because of some psycho-quirk springing from a past incident.

Topnotch performances by majority of cast carry the melodramatics along in forthright style. The pace is tight and fast, accentuating intrigue and excitement. Standout is Edmond O’Brien as the hero who becomes enmeshed in Vincent Price’s scheme to hold on to a stolen million dollars. Another honor-garnerer is William Bendix as an honest cop whose lack of faith in things being as they appear is responsible for eventual downfall of Price. Latter gives a compelling reading to the role of a treacherous, suave big-business man. Ella Raines co-stars as heroine and secretary to Price who awakens romantic interest in O’Brien.

Plot deals with efforts of a young attorney and the police to trap Price into confession of two murders and theft of the million bucks. As his first screen directing chore, former stage director Michael Gordon makes an effective first try that gets the best from the suspense ingredients.

The Web

Production

Universal-International. Director Michael Gordon; Producer Jerry Bresler; Screenplay William Bowers, Bertram Milhauser; Camera Irving Glassberg; Editor Russell Schoengarth; Music Hans J. Salter; Art Director Bernard Herzbrun, James Sullivan

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Ella Raines Edmond O'Brien William Bendix Vincent Price Maria Palmer

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