"And I don't believe that melodramatic feelings are laughable - they should be taken absolutely seriously." — Rainer Werner Fassbinder…
The Crooked Web
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Undercover agents investigate a murderer in Chicago.
A convoluted stinker. Utterly ridiculous.
This story is ridiculous, but I really enjoyed the film despite not believing a word of it. It's impossible to say why without spoilers, and these would be spoilers that really would spoil the film - let's just say that everything isn't quite as it seems at first!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
WARNING: This review contains spoilers. I’m not giving away anything you won’t learn in the first 15-25 minutes of the film, but it is a fairly big twist. I debated whether or not I should reveal anything, but decided the review would have been too vague without it.
Stan Fabian (Frank Lovejoy) runs a drive-in diner. His sort-of-girlfriend, Joanie (Mari Blanchard), is a carhop there. One day, Joanie’s brother Frank (Richard Denning) rolls into town. Joanie lets it slip that Frank has a big score cooking in Germany, recovering a stash of stolen gold from the war. Frank agrees to let Stan in on the deal, and the trio head off to Frankfurt. What Stan doesn’t know is that Frank…
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