This is one of those great old film noir movies. It stars
Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyk, and Alexis Smith. Bogart is the villain here,
and he preys on poor women who marry them. He is a crazy artist who kills his
wives by poisoning them, to make room for the next Mrs.
Carroll. Barbara Stanwyk plays his latest wife, so she is the endangered
heroine. Smith plays the latest "other woman". Her words are as sharp as her
shoulder pads! He also has a creepy daughter who is wise beyond her years, and a
creepy housekeeper. It's a really good film, well worth watching.
Yes, it's in black and white, of course. They have done a good
job of remastering it, so it is crystal clear. It's great entertainment to watch
Bogie go crazier and crazier, as he pays off a blackmailer, and his wife starts
to catch on to his deeds. The entire cast does a great job. I love Stanwyk,
especially when she's playing the heroine. Another thing that's interesting to
watch is how Mr. Carroll interacts with his little girl. He clearly loves her
and wants to shield her from the terrible things he does.
Anyone who loves good drama or old movies should enjoy this
masterpiece! Unfortunately, there are not features or extras. It would have been
nice to see how they remastered it or what other things they may have done.
Humphrey Bogart at his
Warner Archive Collection proudly announces the long
awaited DVD premiere of
the legendary Barbara Stanwyck star in their only screen pairing.
Matrimony means different
things to different people. For temperamental artist Geoffrey Carroll, it means
he’s in his element. And out of his mind. In their only screen pairing,
two of film’s all-time
greats star in a psychological thriller rife with pelting rain and pealing
bells, blackmail and murder, calculated dread and an unnerving finale. Humphrey
Bogart portrays Geoffrey, who’s making a habit of poisoning one wife and
marrying another when the former no longer inspires his
canvases. Barbara Stanwyck plays his current wife Sally, who puts
two together and comes up with six – as in
six feet under, the place she’ll be if she continues to
accept the glass of milk Geoffrey regularly offers as a
nightcap. Alexis Smith also stars as a predatory neighbor who becomes
the object of Geoffrey’s thirst for feminine variety.
Drink up, thriller fans!
Also new to the
WarnerArchive.com (March 1):
Wagons Roll at Night (Bogart), Whiplash, Confidential Agent and more.
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