“The Voice of Merrill,” directed by John Gilling

Movie, 1952 Effective and well-paced mystery, with noir sentiments, if not stylings, and a love triangle which spins and dramatises the lives of the film’s main protagonists, after the murder of an acquaintance. Some great acting from Valerie Hobson and James Robertson Justice brings some tension along the way, so that even if some of the other acting and the settings are a little down … Continue reading “The Voice of Merrill,” directed by John Gilling

“Singin’ in the Rain,” directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

Movie, 1952 Musical set around a famous Hollywood couple making the transition from silent to sound pictures. A film which has plenty of charm and laughs, which looks stunning in places and is generally a joy to watch. Some of the leaps into singing and dancing are a little contrived – as is too often the case in musicals – and the production number element … Continue reading “Singin’ in the Rain,” directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

“The Turning Point,” directed by William Dieterle

Movie, 1952 Crime drama, in which a newly appointed American police head is given a rough time and some uncomfortable home truths as he tries to sort out a local crime ring. This is a film which clips along reasonably well, except for an overlong courtroom scene. If the film’s not startlingly original, the trials and journey for the main police character give the whole … Continue reading “The Turning Point,” directed by William Dieterle

"The Narrow Margin," directed by Richard Fleischer

Movie, 1952 Thrilled set on a train, as a tough Chicagoan cop escorts a gangster’s widow to stand testimony in Los Angeles. Solid noir with some really pleasing and tricksy visual effects and a hard edge which eschews title music for the grating, alienating noise of trains and machinery. While visually a treat, the characters include a none-too convincing pastiche here and there – a … Continue reading "The Narrow Margin," directed by Richard Fleischer