“We’re tougher than any truck ever come off an assembly line.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Raft (attempting a “cleaner” on-screen image), Bogart — about to earn leading-man status in Walsh’s High Sierra (1941) — and sassy Sheridan are all fine:
— but this is truly Lupino’s show; it’s easy to imagine Bette Davis playing her character in the film’s inspiration, Bordertown (1935). Lupino knows what she wants and will do anything to get it:
Poor, likable Hale doesn’t stand a chance, and Raft’s hopes for happiness and stability are nearly dashed. Arthur Edeson’s cinematography is appropriately atmospheric throughout, and Walsh nicely contrasts the brothers’ working-class travails with Lupino’s life-of-leisure. This one’s worth a look.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: