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Re: The Flame (1947) better print!
Reggie Lanning was one of the first camermen Herbert Yates hired for Republic in the 30s. He did solid work in many genres (including being DP on Anthony Mann's first Republic feature STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT, but he (and the actors) are only as good as the scripts: Lawrence Kimble sold his better stories to RKO and showed more noir chops in his 77 SUNSET STRIP scripts at the tail end of the original series (the Dino's setting, not the Bradbury Building in the truncated sixth season).
Carroll is sort of a swarthier, heavier Kent Taylor--not much edge there. But his personal life seems to have spilled over into noirish territory: several lawsuits for grifting old ladies, including one where he had to make a sizable restitution. THE JOHN CARROLL STORY might have been a "contendah" for Marlon Brando if he'd had a sense of humor and was willing to make a campy TV movie...