23 May 2016 | LeonLouisRicci
"The house becomes a prison and the job a trap."
Budget Restraints might Hold Back this B-Movie, Independently Produced, Directed, and Starring Mark Stevens, it Nevertheless makes its "Mark" as an Interesting Cheapie.
With a Good Script and Pithy Noir Dialog..."For me patience is poison.", this Little Movie, now in the "Public Domain", has been virtually Forgotten, although it is Shown on TCM but is need of Restoration if possible. It is too Good to be Lost in the Ether.
The aforementioned Budget Restrictions do Draw Attention at times with a number of Scenes Staged in Small Rooms with the Camera Stationary. However, Director Stevens does the Best He Can with Dutch Angles and Artsy Camera Placements. He even seems to Know that it doesn't Hurt to amp up the Style with some Striking Shadows on the Wall.
The "Perfect Crime" Thread throughout the proceedings is a Cliché that is Hammered Home a bit too much (even with a poster shout out), it is given a Blackboard and Eraser (a fitting low budget tool) that Fills the Frame at times, to illustrate the Investigator's Chops, learned We are told , from His Father.
Family, the Nuclear Family, is at the Center of Motivation here and it is most Relevant, because by this Time, 1956, the Eisenhower Eras American Dream and White Picket Fence Mentality had become a Reality for the Film-Noir Discontents.
War Veterans who Found Themselves uncomfortably roped like Wild Animals plucked from the Battlefields and placed on Display in Suburbia for all to Rubberneck. The House Indeed became a Prison and the Job a Trap. The White Picket Fence was the Clanking of a Cage Door. The Nightmares Begin for those on Display in Film-Noir.