Too Slapstick



I love Bogart, most of the cast, and old films in general, but they really blew it with this one.

It was too "jokey", too slapstick. Nazis getting conked on the head, wisecracking mobsters in mortal danger, etc.

Conrad Veidt and the baddies were trying to play it straight and put some drama in this movie, but the others (due to the poor script) were just not taking any of it seriously.

Comic relief is great in tense situations, but they WAY overdid it in this film.
I even liked Dark Passage better than this one, and that is saying a lot.

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You're right, it was too jokey but a lot of fun anyway.

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Yes, I agree.

I love Bogie and have all his DVD film collections, but this film is unbearable.

I felt bad for Bogie while viewing this film; truly cringeworthy, NOT worth his talent or star-quality.



6/10

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I wouldn't call it unbearable. I was prepared to see some comic relief when I saw that William Demarest and Frank McHugh were in the cast.

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I agree! And Phill Silvers! I thought it was just the right amount a silliness--a relief. Because the movie was not prepared to present a detailed historically and politically accurate plot. So they had fun with it and did not pretend it was something it wasn't. No pretentious Tom Cruice to the rescue here.... Just a great movie, with first class stars.

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You hear it here first, folks. This comedy has too much comedy in it.

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Agreed - 7.5

"She let me go."
~White Oleander

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