LeonRicci’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I'VE BEEN SLAPPED BY DAMES BEFORE"
Unfettered Mood is Everything here Portrayed through Close-Ups and Soft Spoken Melancholia.
Neither of the Main Characters are Given to Elation and Succumbed to a World Tolerable but not Enchanting.
He is Workmanlike with a Blue-Collar Acceptance of Status with a Slight Eye on the Better Life and She is a Wealthy one Existing in a World with Restraints of Circumstance.
Mainly, Her Father's New Wife, that She Feels is the Wet on Her Freudian Security Blanket.
A Mistaken Identity with Lethal Consequences.
Her Troubled Psyche is Troubling for the Impressionable Male.
Snared in Her Web of Willful Wanderings in a Playground Fenced in by an Inability to Successfully Supersede Her Place in the Sheltered Situation of Fatherly Love.
The Director was Never very Expressionistic in his Film-Noirs, Preferring to Photograph in mostly Pedestrian Angles and Lighting, rather than Display any Stylistic Sensations.
Kudos must be Given to some of the Dialog and Innuendos that were Daring and Probably Barely Escaped the Censor and are Refreshingly Real.
Preminger's Noirs are mostly Unembellished Character Driven.
Here He is in the Driver's Seat with a Sombre Story and Downbeat, Atypical Ending.
it Makes this a Noir Despite the Commonplace Exposition.