The Fallen Sparrow
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Maureen O'Hara, playing an elusive beauty who knows more then she's telling, matches her cool elegance with Garfield's electric intensity in this highly regarded psychological thriller. As Kit careens from swank Manhattan soirees to covert Nazi spy nests, he discovers if he does have the guts to confront men who lie, torture and murder in the service of Germany's crazed Führer.
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Kit's suspects include the women in his upscale circle. Was it Kit's alluring old flame Barby Taviton (Patricia Morison)? Lovely, sad-eyed refugee Toni Donne (Maureen O'Hara)? Songbird Whitney Parker (appealing Martha O'Driscoll. By the way, this character's name was "Content Hamilton" in the novel)? Kit's biggest obstacle: he has what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, haunted by the memory of the mysterious limping man who tortured Kit in his dark cell, trying to make him reveal where he'd hidden his regiment's battle standard. Kit imagines hearing the drag and thump that signaled his sadistic tormentor's arrival -- or IS he imagining it? Terror mounts as Kit realizes his enemies may have followed him home, maybe even planting their spies into every aspect of Kit's life, placing not only himself in danger, but also his friends and loved ones...
The role of Kit, a working-class, self-described "mug" in gent's clothing with a heart full of all-but-shattered ideals, fits John Garfield like a glove.Read more ›
But it is first and foremost an impassioned and suspenseful war-time drama that explores the meaning of loyalty and integrity, and the need to confront and eradicate evil. Parallels between these themes are drawn in the realms of friendship, family ties, romance, and partiotism, and in this sense the film is rather complex. Still, it never stops being entertaining and engrossing. The performances by Garfield and Maureen O' Hara are solid, taut, and highly energized; I think they call it "chemistry" and there is plenty of it. Walter Slezak is perfectly despicable as the amiable villain. The film has some proto-noirish overtones in its use of voice-over narration and the evocation of nightmarish inner states, but still falls strongly in the realm of a war-time thriller, and would make a great double bill with something like 13 Rue Madeleine. It's just so satisfying when Nazis bite the dust! Would that we had that kind of clarity in today's world!!!
My only suggestion to the potential buyer is to look at the TCM website for much better pricing (under $20) than can be currently found on Amazon. But if you want to make your life easy, and just want to see a great Garfield film ASAP, click away and let this sparrow flutter on in...
Although "The Fallen Sparrow" isn't one of Garfield's greatest parts or films, he's on target in every scene. Yes, it's called "talent, star quality," and Garfield's got "it."
John Garfield was borrowed from Warner Bros. by RKO Radio for the tense espionage melodrama
The Fallen Sparrow was based on the best-selling novel by Dorothy B. Hughes.
Under the production staff of:
Richard Wallace [Director]
Dorothy B. Hughes [Novel]
Warren Duff [Screenplay]
Robert Fellows [Producer]
Roy Webb [Original Music]
Nicholas Musuraca [Cinematographer]
Robert Wise [Film Editor]
1. Richard Wallace [aka: Clarence Richard Wallace] [Director]
Date of Birth: 26 August 1894 - Sacramento, California, USA
Date of Death: 3 November 1951 - Los Angeles, California, USA
2. John Garfield [aka: Jacob Julius Garfinkle]
Date of Birth: 4 March 1913 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 21 May 1952 - New York City, New York
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as happens with some 'made to order' dvds (not sure if ALL Warners' same)
this item will not play in my Apple Superdrive. Read more
Apparently, Garfield possesses a valuable flag or banner the enemy ( Franco's Reds) wants but will never give it up even if the "man with the limp" tries more torture... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Dr. Ronald Schwartz
John Garfield, Maureen O'Sullivan, Walter Slazak- what a lot of talent, wasted! Like the 'fixed' drink offered to Garfield by the bad guy near the end of the film, this is a movie... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Man About London Town
This is one of the lesser entries in the Spanish Civil War films. What makes it really worthwhile (and keeps the whole thing afloat) is the well directed (by Richard Wallace)... Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Calicokid
"The Fallen Sparrow" is based on a bestselling novel by Dorothy Hughes. A former POW from the Spanish Civil War (John Garfield) returns to New York in 1940 to find the killer of... Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Dr. James Gardner
This 1943 RKO film THE FALLEN SPARROW
turns out to be a WW2 era espionage film set in NY in Nov, 1940. Read more
He's known as Kit by his many friends, some who had given him up for dead. He's a traumatized POW from the Spanish civil war. Read morePublished on May 28, 2010 by JOHN GODFREY
Great to finally see this 1943 gem available on dvd! Many noir films deal indirectly with the effects of war on protagonists' psychology, the complicated intrigues that govern... Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by Frank Gorshin