|HIGH TIDE (director: John Reinhardt; screenwriters: Richard Presnell/Peter Milne/based on the story "Inside Job" by Raoul Whitfield; cinematographer: Henry Sharp; editor: Steart S. Frye/William Ziegler; music: Rudy Schrager; cast: Lee Tracy (Hugh Fresney), Julie Bishop (Julie Vaughn), Don Castle (Tim 'T.M.' Slade), Anabel Shaw (Dana Jones, publisher's secretary), Regis Toomey (Inspector O'Haffey), Douglas Walton (Clinton Vaughn), Francis Ford (Pop Garrow), Anthony Warde (Nick Dyke); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jack Wrather; Monogram; 1947)|
|"Lee Tracy plays another
newspaper role he can play in his sleep."
by Dennis Schwartz
Hollywood director John Reinhardt ("Open
Secret"/"The Guilty"/"Last Refuge") helms this
hard-hitting newspaper related film noir. It's based on
the story "Inside Job" by Raoul Whitfield, and is
written by Richard Presnell and Peter
newspaper editor Hugh Fresney (Lee Tracy)
and a reporter-turned private detective, Tim Slade
(Don Castle), hired to protect him from a gangster who
supposedly threatened to kill him, drive off the
curved road in Malibu, on the highway to LA, and get
trapped in the car that goes off an embankment. The
dying editor in his last breathes tells the dick in
flashback how his former newspaper boss Clinton Vaughn
(Douglas Walton) was murdered. At the time it was
thought that the gangster Nick Dyke
(Anthony Warde) did the hit, because the paper
continually wrote negative things about him. In fact,
people thought Hugh hired Tim as a bodyguard in fear
of Nick. But things are muddied when Vaughn's
alcoholic widow, Julie (Julie Bishop), the former
girlfriend of Tim's, tries getting back with him and
opens up how Hugh was hubby's rival.
investigating officer, Inspector O'Haffey (Regis
Toomey), is puzzled by the clues but buys into
Tim's opinion that Hugh had a motive to kill the
publisher, as he wanted control of the newspaper. Tim
believes he was hired to divert attention away from
the real killer.
ends, with Tim freeing himself from the wreck and
Hugh's body gets washed out to sea during high tide.
What's new? Lee Tracy plays another newspaper role he can play in his sleep.
REVIEWED ON 9/7/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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