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|ESCAPE IN THE FOG (director: Budd Boetticher; screenwriter: Aubrey Wisberg; cinematographer: George Meehan; editor: Jerome Thoms; cast: Otto Kruger (Paul Devon), Nina Foch (Eileen Carr), William Wright (Barry Malcolm), Konstantin Shayne (Schiller), Noel Cravat (Schiller Henchman, Kolb), Ivan Triesault (Hausmer, Schiller's Henchman), Ernie Adams (George Smith), John H. Elliott (Thomas); Runtime: 65; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Wallace MacDonald; Columbia Pictures; 1945)|
thriller directed by Budd Boetticher."
by Dennis Schwartz
spy thriller directed by Budd Boetticher ("The
Tall T"/"The Cimarron Kid"/"One Mysterious Night")
and written by Aubrey Wisberg. The programmer
is well-produced, well-acted and has a taut story. It
makes for highly enjoyable film noir.
Carr (Nina Foch) is an
attractive Navy nurse recovering in a
San Francisco hospital from a nervous breakdown. In
Eileen's dream she witnesses the attempted murder of a
man dragged out of a taxi under the foggy Golden Gate
Bridge and her screams saves his life. When awakened
by her screams she's astounded to find the intended
victim, Barry Malcolm (William
Wright), a government expert in psychological warfare,
standing before her and very much alive. Thus begins a
romantic relationship between the two, but Barry's
boss, Devon (Otto Kruger),
assigns him on a top secret mission to Hong Kong that
if successful should end Japan's involvement in the
war sooner than expected. Barry's to land there by a
Navy submarine and pose as a German agent, and will be
given classified papers to coordinate underground
proceedings with American intelligence officers. But
German agent Schiller (Konstantin Shayne),
a jeweler in Chinatown, learned of his mission by
attaching a radio device inside Devon's apartment
grandfather clock and with his German henchmen (Noel
Cravat, Ivan Triesault & Ernie
Adams) tries to kill Barry
just like in Eileen's dream. But Barry's life is saved
by Eileen's screams, just like in the dream. What
follows is a tale of intrigue in foggy San Francisco,
as both the American agent and the German agents try
to locate the missing spy package.
REVIEWED ON 3/5/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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