Dark City (1950)

Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


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Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.


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  • Charlton Heston and Mike Mazurki in Dark City (1950)
  • Charlton Heston and Jack Webb in Dark City (1950)
  • Charlton Heston and Mike Mazurki in Dark City (1950)
  • Charlton Heston and Lizabeth Scott in Dark City (1950)
  • Charlton Heston and Lizabeth Scott in Dark City (1950)
  • Charlton Heston and Lizabeth Scott in Dark City (1950)

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19 June 2003 | herbqedi
5
| Heston's star turn top-notch, but story isn't
Heston does a marvelous job is in his first star turn. Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, and Ed Begley lend impeccable supporting work. Don De Fore is re-teamed with Lizabeth Scott for the first time since You Came Along. Scott (Dead Reckoning, Strange Love of Martha Ivers, I Walk Alone, Stolen Face) is one of my all-time favorite femme fatales. Dieterle's direction is fast-paced and interesting throughout. Unfortunately, the whole turns out to be less than the sum of its parts.

The problem is in the inconsistent and unimaginative script. It's really a pedestrian tale of revenge with a miscast Mike Mazurki -- not a true film noir as it is normally billed. The parade of musical interludes is annoying. The chemistry between Scott and Heston doesn't work. And, the ending is a real letdown.

Chalk this one up as a well-acted and well-directed misfire.

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