This is a good film noir- it has lots of twists and turns- and an early performance by Raymond Burr.
"Pitfall", 1948, stars Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, and Jane Wyatt. WWII ended 3 years ago but a new and deadly conflict is just beginning for the Forbe's household. Insurance investigator Johnny Forbes (Dick Powell) is supposed to retrieve insured merchandise from femme fatale Mona Freeman (Lizabeth Scott). Within minutes of meeting Mona she has him going for a ride in her speedboat and then out for drinks afterwards. But Mona already has one boyfriend, who is in jail, and will soon be getting out. And there's Raymond Burr, the crooked private eye hired by the insurance company to track the merchandise to Mona. He too wants Mona for himself. She is nothing but trouble for all three men. Only Johnny is too stupid to realize what he jeopardizes: his job, his family, and himself by fooling around. Forbe's wife has the real strength that can pick up the pieces of this mess. This film is crime noir from the 1940s and makes some people feel nostalgia for that era. Not me. It is depressing to watch people murdering each other over nothing good.
Director Andre de Toth is one of the best Film Noir directors! He proves this with the wonderfully played "Pitfall".
Dick Powell is the sarcastic husband to the lovely Jane Wyatt. The two make a perfect couple, except Dick lets his eyes wonder onto Lizabeth Scott. For my money, she is one of films most beautiful women actresses. This movie shows her off as a model in Macy's. Raymond Burr plays a tough private eye who can't take a "No" from Lizabeth Scott. He plays a bully to the hilt. I loved every minute of "Pitfall" and hope KCLS patrons will join me in watching one of our finest "Film Noir Films"!
Having recently been mesmerized by Dick Powell’s hard-boiled Marlowe in Murder My Sweet, I started looking for more noir’s starring Powell. Well here is another. You know a noir is good when decent people are tempted to cheat in life. You don’t want them to cheat. You want them to keep on the good path, but you can’t convince them, as it’s a movie and they are gonna do what they a goona do. Besides, it won’t be a good movie if they stay on the straight and narrow path. The first 20 minutes is kinda strange for a film noir. The music and scenes seem like they are from one of those old corny touristy shorts that used to play in the theatres in between the film features. Then the movie transforms into noir, but this time the femme fatale is the nice person in the film, not a fatale at all.
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