There is a stiltedness to this that helped it cross over into nightmarish territory for me. Everyone but Regis Toomey enunciates at half speed as if high on cough syrup while Toomey spends the whole movie imitating a drunken slur. Truly a bizarre performance.
There are moments that bring to mind David Lynch and Guy Maddin for sure. Recommended if you find the awkwardness of certain talkies endearing. Also love this as an early dirty cop movie.