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Thursday, May 29, 2008

RAILROADED (1947)


For those who like their low-budget noirs extra dark, this tasty little crime film delivers. Helmer Anthony Mann knew that under the old Production Code you got away with the most violence possible when you turned down the lights. This is the old story of an inside robbery gone bad, leaving a cop dead and the accomplices turning on each other. If only Mann had a better cast to work with. John Ireland is suitably threatening & vicious, but no one else sparks much interest. Oh well, it won’t stop your enjoyment and you can play amateur casting director. Hmm, Dana Andrews in the Hugh Beaumont detective role? And how ‘bout Ava Gardner & Lana Turner stepping in for Sheila Ryan & Jane Randolph, respectively? Mental recasting . . . it can be habit forming.

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