|THE SCARF (director/writer: Ewald André Dupont; screenwriters: story by Edwin Rolfe & I.G. Goldsmith; cinematographer: Franz Planer; editor: Joseph Gluck; music: Herschel Burke Gilbert; cast: Mercedes McCambridge (Connie Carter), John Ireland (John Barrington), Emyl Williams (David Dunbar), Lloyd Clough (Dr. Gordon), Basil Ruysdael (Cyrus Barrington), James Barton (Ezra Thompson); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: I.G. Goldsmith; United Artists; 1951)|
oddball murder mystery noir."
by Dennis Schwartz
A bleak oddball
murder mystery noir, that even if tiresomely
helmed and over-written by German director Ewald
André Dupont ("The
Steel Lady"/"Jealousy"/"Love Storm") it still makes
for a strangely interesting watch. It's based on a
story by Edwin Rolfe & I.G.
Ireland escapes from an asylum for the
criminally insane to prove his innocence. He was
convicted of strangling to death with a scarf his
girlfriend, a crime he has no memory of. He has been
incarcerated for the last two years and hopes that
being free will jog his memory. Trekking on foot
through the desert, he finds a turkey ranch. The
hobbled old man ranch owner, James Barton,
goes by his intuition and gives the escapee shelter
until he can find out the truth.
using the rancher's car to run an errand in town,
Ireland gives hitch hiker Mercedes McCambridge
a lift. She's a singing waitress,
on her way to a new job in the city. That she
owns a similar scarf to the one used in the murder,
gives the framed vic his first clue to unravel the
mystery as his memory is now starting to come back to
Williams plays the suspiciously-too-cooperative
sings Summer Rain.
REVIEWED ON 9/10/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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