Blu-Ray Strangers In The Night (1944) Still A Long 56 Minutes
Anthony Mann directed this for Republic, an
early effort and proof that talent no matter its potential can do little with a
story so lame. Maybe it's my own impatience with set-ups where characters do
dumb things against own interests, as here. There is but one mystery which
explanation is put off to irritating extent, an ordeal keenly felt despite a
mere 56 minute run time. We're mostly stuck ina too well-lit house, Republic
shrinking as ever from old dark ones the situation demands. Even on Blu-Ray,
their light seems too evenly distributed, as if former lab man Herb Yates, who
got his industry start processing footage out of Consolidated, issued blanket policy to leave
no corners dim. The old lady menace and eventual murderess has an upper hand
too long; they should have carried her off to a booby-hatch in the first reel.
I could "spoil" the pay-off to spare anyone watching, but Mann
completists will be interested, and having this long-rare title on Blu-Ray from
Olive is at least unexpected, even if the show is such a dud otherwise.