21 February 2018 | vogun-17563
Well, I Enjoyed It
I only watched this for Robert Siodmak, and would have left it alone if I had relied on the reviews here. Others supply the plot and actors well enough, but neglect to mention that Nadja Tiller steals the film. It really is her film.
I thought Tony Britton just about pulled his performance off (although could have been younger), and William Bendix earned his working holiday in London for his short performance here, particularly his second appearance in this film. All the other actors give fine support, and in particular the bit parts such as the waiter/taxi driver/landlady, make this enjoyable.
I have to warn you that there is pre-marital sex in 1959 (heaven forbid) going on here. There is also stockings, suspender belts, and underwear on show here. It doesn't stop there either, it goes much deeper with the characterisations, whom, it seems to me, that they like the pain that they inflict or are going through, not least the femme fatale, who is also in to her S&M. Blue Velvet it's not, but then what is?
I must also say that I was not disappointed with Richard Siodmak's direction either, which was top class, including the lighting etc. (learnt his trade in the German Expressionism great days I beleive). It all looked very good to me, which included the 1950's sets and pub scenes, usually best observed by a foreigner.
Mention must be made about the wardrobe department. Nadja Tiller was great in her underwear etc, there were trench coats, but as for William Bendix, what were they thinking of dressing him in a heavy striped shirt with a diamond patterned tie, underneath a chequered waist coat (ouch!).
I wouldn't call this film noir (no guns, deaths or a beginning reflecting on previous events etc), but the subject matter is certainly parallel to some I've seen. The ending is perhaps unresolved, but did it matter? Not for me.
When viewing, I suggest you look at this through 'B' movie glasses, and although lacking in (deep) plot, it certainly had enough to entertain me for the 96 (?) minutes. Overall, a good solid adult English/London 'B' movie for me.