Roadblock (1951)

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Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.



  • Joan Dixon and Charles McGraw in Roadblock (1951)
  • Louis Jean Heydt and Charles McGraw in Roadblock (1951)
  • Joan Dixon and Charles McGraw in Roadblock (1951)
  • Joan Dixon and Charles McGraw in Roadblock (1951)
  • Joan Dixon and Lowell Gilmore in Roadblock (1951)
  • Joan Dixon and Charles McGraw in Roadblock (1951)

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25 February 2006 | MCL1150
| I Love Film-Noir!
In my book, all true film-noir films are good in one way or another. There's just something about a post war film-noir thriller and "Roadblock" as as good as any of them. I guess this qualifies as a B-picture, but I refuse to see it that way. What I liked about it was how the femme fatal crosses over from being a gold digging ice princess to actually choosing love over money. She is played by non other than Joan Dixon who went on to appear in only about four other films. Too bad, I thought she was really lovely. Then there's the great Charles McGraw. He's just made for the film-noir genre and just about my favorite noir actor. Here he literally plays good cop/bad cop. I actually caught myself feeling disappointed that he was a good guy who went wrong. For me, it had a great feel. The cinematography was done by Nicholas Musuraca who had one Oscar nod to his credit. A top camera guy is always as big in a noir as any of the on-screen actors. At under 75 minutes it certainly doesn't wear out it's welcome. If you love film noir, then add this one to your list!

BTW, I had recorded "Roadblaock"on DVD and just watched it yet again. Over two years later, my original review still stands. I watch it every time it's on TCM and I love it more and more. Along with Jack Carson, Charles McGraw is one of my very favorite "second tier" actors and "Roadblock" will always be a film that I'l urge others to seek out.

Oh, one last thing, "We Don't Have Your Size!"

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