Minggu, 13 Maret 2011

Embraceable You (1948) - Felix Jacoves

The film begins with a crime--a hit and run accident that occurs when an underworld flunky, Eddie Novoc (Dane Clark), drives his shady gambler boss, Sig Kelch (Rod Rogers) through the cavernous streets of New York. Eddie unfortunately strikes a young woman with his car, but drives on at the urging of Kelch, who has much to hide. Despite his dark connections, Eddie's lingering decent instincts lead him to seek out the girl at the hospital, posing as an absent brother's friend. Bringing her roses that he can ill afford and visiting with her without telling her it was he behind the wheel, Eddie has an awkward tenderness that indicates his nervous eagerness to believe that seeing her sitting up in bed means all is well. A gracious Marie Willens (Geraldine Brooks), who had lost her job at a nightclub recently, receives his attentions with just a hint of coyness, trying, as she later confesses, "to play you, to work you--for all I could get."

In this drama, a killer and a driver accidently run over a girl while fleeing a murder scene. The pursuing detective is sure that the driver is guilty, but he cannot prove it. Instead of pressing his case, the detective has the driver begin caring for the victim who received a massive blood clot from the accident and does not have long to live. As time passes, the crook finds himself falling in love with her. To raise the needed money for her care, he starts blackmailing the killer. Eventually, the driver marries his victim but his happiness is short-lived.


Dane Clark ... Eddie Novoc
Geraldine Brooks ... Marie Willens aka Bronislavski
S.Z. Sakall ... Sammy
Wallace Ford ... Ferria
Richard Rober ... Sig Ketch
Lina Romay ... Libby
Douglas Kennedy ... Dr. Wirth / Opening Off-Screen Narrator
Mary Stuart ... Miss Purdy
Philip Van Zandt ... Matt Hethron, Theatrical Agent
Rod Rogers ... Bernie Sallin

no pass

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