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Tricia's retro film review: Cornered

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Cornered is the 1945 film noir starring Dick Powell. He plays Royal Canadian Air Force pilot Laurence Gerard, who is trying to avenge the death of his wife. He gets a tip that the killer may be Marcel Jarnac, but not only is he presumed dead, there are no documents of him. Undaunted, he tracks down information leading to Buenos Aires, where he questions Jarnac’s widow. She gives him the location, but it turns out that not only is it false, but another group trying to track down Jarnac. Can they work together to bring down Jarnac’s organization?

This is a pretty topical film noir for its time. The fact that it was made in the same year that WWII ended may have had something to do with it. It does a pretty good job of cramming in several aspects of WWII without feeling bloated. The scenes in France do a very good job of showing post-war France’s desperation and suits the film noir genre. The Argentina scenes are slicker, but they still have a good sense of mystery. Jarnac does a pretty good job of hiding for a film noir villain. Honolulu film noir fans should watch this film.

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