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Re: NOTW (Sept. 14): QUIET PLEASE, MURDER (1942)
Excellent, Dan--I think you will succeed in filling in the early history of American noir and documenting how it had an alternate identity from what emerged from the more pessimistic aspects of the homefront. Scholars have tried to pinpoint how noir became embroiled in cold war paranoia; some of what your research will likely bring into better focus is just how much of early crime noir partakes of Hollywood's approach to selling and supporting the "war effort," even with movies that push into serious levels of darkness.
Like Mike, I'd only seen this in a poor print, but my memory was of yet another showcase for the cool superciliousness of George Sanders. Clearly it has a good bit more to recommend it!