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Saturday, June 7, 2008

VICKI (1953)

There’s a halfhearted attempt to recapture a bit of the LAURA mystique in this lame redo of I WAKE UP SCREAMING, but no one’s up to the task. In this murder mystery film full of off-putting perfs, Jean Peters gets the booby prize, she’s both weird & amateurish as the murdered dame. But Richard Boone, in an early assignment, is also off the deep-end with his unmotivated outbursts. He’s like a precursor of the Steppenwolf mode of over-acting. Elliot Reid, with his odd vocal delivery certainly seems to be hiding the truth and Jeanne Crain, who gets top billing, must have wondered how she fell so fast from better productions.

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