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YouTube link: THE CRIMSON KEY (1947)
Posted by Don Malcolm
on 6/24/2022, 10:20 am
Lousy print, but a fun little "B" knockoff of that embattled noir subtype, the "private dick" film, with Kent Taylor channeling Warren William, surrounded by better-than-B-quality eye candy (Doris Dowling, Louise Currie) and a much brassier version of Effie Perrine, played with pleasing sass by Vera Marshe, who had potential for a bigger career if anyone had been willing to let her play it straight.
We await word from Cinema Ritrovato about the status of BLACK TUESDAY, but the FNF could do worse than look for the elements needed to restore this one, now that the Endfield and Woolrich lanes have been closed to through traffic. It will please the portion of their audience that is comfortable with the clichés of the "private dick" film, and would be a worthy second-feature in a future reprise of the A/B programming format...