High Wall (1947)

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After a brain-damaged man confesses to murder and is committed, Dr. Ann Lorrison tries to prove his innocence.


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6 October 2006 | Handlinghandel
7
| Not great but well worth a look
This is probably Robert Taylor's first real film noir. He is revered in some circles for work a decade later such as Nicholas Ray's "Party Girl." I think he is excellent in "High Wall." He plays a decorated war vet who is accused of murder. Not just accused of murder but also but into a psychiatric hospital. Yikes. No fun at all. Except that the hypnotherapist assigned to his case is a beautiful woman who kind of likes him.

Cast in the role of the psychiatrist is one of the great staples of film noir, Audrey Totter. She is as always good. Better than good. What's intriguing here is that she is cast not as a femme fatale but as a career woman who is in every sense on the right side of the angels and the law.

Herbert Marshall turns in a superbly creepy performance also. I won't say much about his role other than that this is not really a whodunit. We know the answer to that very early.

It's an unusual, brave movie. It has flaws but is nevertheless very good.

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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Monday 15 October 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Seattle 30 October 1956 on KING (Channel 5), by Philadelphia Saturday 3 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT Sunday 18 November 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Cincinnati Wednesday 28 November 1956 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Hartford CT Thursday 6 December 1956 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Altoona PA Friday 14 December 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Omaha Saturday 26 January 1957 on WOW (Channel 6) and by New York City Sunday 24 February 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Chicago it first aired 28 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), and San Francisco it was first telecast 4 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7).


Quotes

Steven Kenet: All this is confidential between doctor and patient isn't it? You're in a hurry to get in and report this aren't you? Well I can't stop you but just remember, you're the one who sold me on the idea of surgery, of fighting for an acquittal. Why did ...


Goofs

(around 1 hour, 11 minutes) When Dr. Ann Lorrison is in her office looking in the mirror while doing her makeup, there is a knock on the door. She says "come in" but before she knows who it is; she jumps the dialog by saying "Hello George". She did not see George nor did he say anything that would have allowed her to have known who was knocking.


Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(uncredited)
Written by
Daniel E. Kelley
Performed by Frank Darien
[The old man in the tub next to Steve sings the song]

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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