Lee J. Cobb
A crisp melodrama is The Dark Past which Columbia remade from its 1939 release, Blind Alley [and the play of that title by James Warwick].
Delinquency angle is the peg on which is hung the flashbacked central plot. An example of what psychiatry can do for a criminal is graphically shown by college prof Lee J. Cobb, who brings escaped convict William Holden to bay merely by probing into his mind to discover what impels him to be a murderer. When Holden realizes what has warped his brain he finds he no longer can kill.
Locale for Cobb’s psychoanalysis is his own hunting lodge where his family and several guests have been taken prisoner by Holden and his accomplices.
Always self-assured, the pipesmoking Cobb racks up a neat portrayal of the medico. Holden is believable as the high-strung con on the lam. Nina Foch handles her role well as Holden’s moll.
The Dark Past
Columbia. Director Rudolph Mate; Producer Buddy Adler; Screenplay Malvin Wald, Oscar Saul; Camera Joseph Walker; Editor Viola Lawrence; Music George Duning; Art Director Cary Odell
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 75 MIN.
Lee J. Cobb
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