larryj1 | AZ, USA | 05/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an entertaining little film with Rooney and Lorre. The Image DVD is very good quality and the best available."
The slippery slope to Hell? No, to True Love!
The Queen of Noirs | Santa Clara, CA USA | 11/20/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Such a disappointment. I was loving on this snappy noir right up to the last 2 minutes. Has all the Noir elements: bad girl, good guy going wrong, the mousy little dishrag good girl, moody black and white cinematography and the zippy dialogue. Then True Love shows up and ruins everything.
Mickey Rooney stars as an auto mechanic lead into an ever escalating Life of Crime by his little head, if you know what I mean. It all starts with him lifting a $20 from the cash register at his workplace, and spirals down the slippery slope, as mentioned above. Mickey is really quite good in this as the hapless everyman who can't seem to lift a penny from the "take one, leave one" dish without getting seen. The Very Bad Vera leads him along by the short and curlies until she doesn't need him anymore, but don't worry she gets her comeuppance. Peter Lorre shows up to slither along leaving a trail of slime on everything which I love. It's all nicely sliding into Hades when the Good Dishrag saves Our Hero from his baser instincts. Now why would she want this guy anyway, knowing what kind of awful choices he makes? Any way it all sours at the end as our hero is assured that he won't do hardly any time for his crime spree. Not likely these days! San Jose police would have beaten the fecal matter out of him!
Three stars for the anticipation of a great ride. The ending ruins it."