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Sunday, June 8, 2008

THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE (1959)

A smart story about insurance fraud at sea comes off thanks to nice chemistry between co-stars, Gary Cooper near the end of his career & Charlton Heston smack in his best period; spit & polish courtroom drama spotlighting Michael Redgrave, Emlyn Williams, Alexander Knox & Cecil Parker; and a typically savvy script from novelist Eric Ambler. The opening reels which are largely a two-hander for Coop & Heston on a crumbling freighter will take you by surprise. If only helmer Michael Anderson was more than a competent routinier and the soggy special effects a bit more special.

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