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VERY MELODRAMATIC & over acted like a silent movie! It is the movie itself that I rate 3 stars. This is for devoted Bogart fans who want to experience his early work. He is only a supporting player who appears in less than half the movie, yet his character steals the show. His acting style stands out from the others and you can for-see the potential for his future.
Don't expect Casablanca or even They Drive By Night, expect to see Bogie learning his trade. And try not to laugh at the melodramatic stars of the show.
Pass by is what I originally intended to do as well except when I thought about it this film is actually a very good example of the kind of social film critique that was popular and produced during the turbulent and trying 1930s. The subject here is the death penalty, its application, and its basic appropriateness in an evolving progressive society (or that has pretensions to civilization). The plot line centers on a woman who has killed her abusive husband when he was going to run out on her leaving her high and dry. At trial the foreman of the jury, a self-righteous and upright citizen, persuades his fellow jurors that she is guilty of murder one, and hence headed for the electric chair. Since there was no "battered person" defense then she was convicted and sentenced to die.
The dramatic tension of the film comes when that self-righteous juror is bombarded with pleas from all kinds of sources to call for sparing her life. He maintains his stance and she is executed. And here is where Bogie comes in. He has been seeing the juror's daughter, she has fallen in love with him, and as mentioned before, he is ready to fly to the coop.Read more ›
I'm a huge Bogart fan and I've sought out anything I could find with him. This is worth seeing once if you also love Bogart, but if you're just a casual film viewer, avoid it. There's plenty of better Bogart films.
The foreman of the jury that convicts the women is a tortured soul. So is his daughter. She seems to have internalized the condemned woman's plight. The foreman also seems to be very chummy with the prosecuting DA. The daughter is in love with a shady character. That where Bogart comes in. At this point it's really no spoiler to discover he has been murdered. That very night he decides to dump her. She doesn't take it well. She confesses the whole thing to her family. Her father the foreman calls the DA. Still that night he comes right over. They begin to spin her confession. To have a women murder her lover the same way on the same night another women is being executed is very dicey for the foreman as well as the DA. Especially if it is the foreman's daughter. That's it in a nutshell. Good late night fare.
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This black and white classic was nice to see.
And to see a young and handsome Bogie was wonderful.
I am a fan also always enjoyed seeing his movies. Read more
Not a starring role for Bogie, but interesting to see him so young.Published 2 months ago by rsknoebel
Not enough of Humphery Bogart , but then it was good to see such a young Bogie.............several stars were in this interesting movie of long ago....Published 24 months ago by Margaret Raposa
This is not the most well-known Humphrey Bogart movie in the world. However, if you love Bogie you need to see this film. It's a welcome addition to my collection.Published 24 months ago by Beammeuplori