Hard done by.. really?
Sorry to disagree with some of you.. but of all people who get a tough deal in Films Noir.. I'm afraid i found myself thinking this guy did pretty well for GOOD breaks.. and then blew them.
He is good looking, healthy.. He got a lovely patient, loving, understanding wife, (who he drives to suicide) He hen finds another woman to love him.. He has a friendly lawyer who severely damages his career to help him.. He gets caught stealing cash .. and is given the chance to repay. He has believable friends who stick up for him.. He keeps getting jobs (OK, fair enough, not great ones.. but steady work)- till he blows it. He has break after break in the trial when witnesses foul up, or the prosecutor annoys the judge by going too far ...
Compare to how-many-other saps in Noir to whom EVERYTHING goes wrong despite doing nothing (OK, fair point, usually just one thing) wrong, who look doomed from the start.. Who long for the chances he gets.
I'm painfully aware I'm starting to sound like a Conservative law and order nut.. Honestly, I'm a fully paid up soft touch bleeding heart liberal who usually loves these (usually Warner Bros) type'social conscience' issue films.. But this guy.. His stock response to anyone was to fly off the handle and take a swipe at them.. and drop any friends in it.
Oh dear I already dread the replies.. The worst thing? I fear the people who will support me more than those who will condem me.
few visible scars