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“Several years before he made ‘Rififi’, Jules Dassin directed this less flamboyant thriller, which is much less well known, but, in some ways, better. Dassin’s shocking specialty–a kind of stifled violence that one fears will explode–finds the right milieu in the Gerald Kersh novel, a complex view of the underside of London entertainment. An Anglo-American cast is headed by Richard Widmark, who has possibly his best role as Harry Fabian, ‘the artist without an art,’ a tout with a creative passion for fantastic, shady schemes. The victims of his double-crossing artistry include Googie Withers, Francis L. Sullivan, Gene Tierney, Herbert Lom, and–as the old-time wrestler pitted against Mike Mazurki–Stanislaus Zbyszko….(Pauline Kael)
1950 Dir. Jules Dassin. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 101 min.