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September 06, 2007

The Good Die Young (1954)

The Good Die Young
4 out of 5 stars

Just watched my first full film on Film Four, ‘The Good Die Young’.

This is an solidly made film noir about three downtrodden men lead astray by a deranged playboy. Each of these four characters has a wife, giving a rich tapestry of stories which never become overwhelming. John Ireland (playing Eddie Blaine) gives a particularly strong performance amongst an entire ensemble of strong performances.

The direction of the whole piece is excellent, if not exceptional, with absolutely no intrusion from unnecessary camera movement. This combined with a good script lead to a very absorbing experience.

Definitely recommended.

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