RIP Filmstruck. You can see why Van Heflin won the Oscar. His performance is nuanced. Robert Taylor, on the other hand, has one note and that's all he's got. Lana Turner is absolutely gorgeous, and you can see why Taylor fell for her in real life.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. I didn't buy Robert Taylor's performance or character, but between a hypnotically luscious Lana Turner and a scene-stealingly brilliant Van Heflin (file under: Blown the F Away) I was able to forget everything this failed to sell in this store-brand generic diet-pop version of the gangster films from the decade prior.
Van Heflin is amazing, just see this and Patterns for all the proof you need. Lana Turner is pure sex appeal on screen and def the stuff time machine dreams are made of. Wow. Anyways, my male feelings aside, the film is a solid noirish crime drama with a unique plot. Def worth a look. 4 stars
Incontestable chef-d'oeuvre du film noir américain, d'un étonnant foisonnement scénaristique, imbriquant avec intelligence et adresse des situations et des personnages inattendus et complexes, pour un pathétique maelstrom d'agitation, de convulsions et d'inexorable fatum, au dénouement à la limite du paradoxal, avec la mort de Johnny tué par un policier familier qu'il a aidé pour son affectation... www.cinefiches.com
Hollywood romantic leading man toughens up his pretty boy screen image with a credible performance as a cold blooded gangster and is well supported by Van Heflin (who actually steals the show) as his alcoholic friend, and makes a handsome couple with a young and gorgeous Lana Turner.
Well crafted, more a gangster drama than a film noir, the film however is one of the best of its kind and from the era.