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The Hunted (1948)

By Buster Crabbe | Classic Film Reviews | 27 Jul 2020


Starring: Preston Foster, Belita, Charles McGraw

Director: Jack Bernhard (US)

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance

Availability: Movies! TV Network

 

Watch Quality   A

This TV version is perfectly clear other than the usual imperfections of analog film (and the commercials).

 

Plot Summary

A cop who sent his girl to prison is forced to face his choices, his beliefs, and his remaining feelings for her when she gets released.

 

Star Power   B-

The leading man is a competent B-list actor.  Belita was an ice-skating celebrity in the 1940s and 50s who was well-suited for the femme fatale role.  They might as well have been made for these parts.

 

Chill Factor   B

The romance in this film is dysfunctional and intriguing, but not sensual.  The slick film-noir dialogue keeps things from getting bogged down.  Overall not a bad choice for a date night.

 

Mental Health Check   B+

There are emotional and suspenseful elements, but overall this film doesn't require a large psychological commitment until the end.  The mystery will keep you wanting more.

 

Overall Grade   B+

This film is good at everything without being great at anything.  It's an excellent staple of the noir genre, even though it does little to innovate. 

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Buster Crabbe
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As a classic film enthusiast, I'm here to bring you all the content you've been waiting for since the 1920s. My favorites are 1950s science fiction, 1940s horror, and 1930s comedies. Old-time cinema lives on!


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