Wow! Watching this at the tail end of noir viewing for the month really makes it smash through the screen to say: THIS IS A MOVIE! Quippy filmed stage plays make way for incredibly dynamic filmmaking, camerawork, lighting, sound and acting. Hard not to imagine the modern equivalent of this being filmed today through the yellow/brown "Narcos" filter and just being a droll copy of everything similar made since Traffic. So much character in this one though.
Going to characterize this one as an instant classic that needs rewatching while not surrounded in a theater by a sea of RSV coughing.
35mm “Noirvember” screening