Jason Robards Sr
Desperate is a ripsnorting gangster meller. Yarn [by Dorothy Atlas and Anthony Mann] is strictly one of those things, and not unfamiliar.
Steve Brodie, honest truckdriver, becomes involved innocently in a fur warehouse robbery and cop slaying. He’s beaten up by the mobsters when they realize he tipped off the police. Brodie flees with his wife, fearing gangster vengeance since the mobster’s brother is captured and charged with murder. From then on, picture becomes more or less a continuing flight of Brodie and his wife, Audrey Long, both from the gendarmes and the gangsters.
Surprise ending gives film a lift. Anthony Mann’s direction mainly stresses suspense, being done skillfully.
Brodie is okay as the honest truckman who gets into one jam after another. Long, as his wife, shapes up nicely; at times she resembles Ginger Rogers.
RKO. Director Anthony Mann; Producer Michel Kraike; Screenplay Harry Essex, Martin Rackin; Camera George E. Diskant; Editor Marston Fay; Music Paul Sawtell; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Walter E. Keller
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 73 MIN.
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