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Dead Reckoning (1947)

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There are several interesting things about this film. First, the time in which it was made, the immediate postwar period which featured some serious malaise amongst returning soldiers – including a spate of murders around Los Angeles which inspired another film starring Bogart a few years later, In a Lonely Place. Secondly, the co-star Lizabeth Scott, whose entrance is Bacall-esque and she was a star too, for a brief period (these things are fashionable and cyclical and Confidential magazine had a hand in her downfall, albeit she worked sporadically until the 1970s.) And the title credit, ‘John Cromwell’s Dead Reckoning,’ a slightly ludicrous claim to authorship but poignant when you realise his career was fatally undermined by the HUAC hearings which commenced when this film was in production and he was basically retired unwillingly four years later in the middle of shooting The Racket. There is a good joke about Harry Truman and Lauren Bacall but you had to be there …

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