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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from 1,188 votes
||Release: 24 August 1948 (USA) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
||Director: André De Toth,
||Stars: Ann Doran, Byron Barr, Dick Powell, Dick Wessel, Jane Wyatt, Jimmy Hunt, John Litel, Lizabeth Scott, Margaret Wells, Raymond Burr, Selmer Jackson
||Synopsis: John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona Stevens. Her boyfriend has embezzled from a store insured by Forbes' company and has showered her with gifts using the loot. Forbes comes to collect the ill-gotten gifts, but the boyfriend is in jail, and Forbes falls hard for Mona and begins an affair. The only problem is that MacDonald, a private dick who freelances for the insurance company, has had his eyes on Mona first. The obsessed MacDonald turns the soon-to-be-released boyfriend against Forbes. Written by Martin Lewison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Andre De Toth's Pitfall opens in the shaky sanctuary of post-war domestic
bliss. Jane Wyatt cracks eggs into a cast-iron skillet, to be served to her
insurance-claims adjuster husband Dick Powell and their tousle-haired young
son; the cozy breakfast nook where they exchange morning what-if banter
looks out upon a vista of the New California of subdivisions and revolving
credit and sunny possibilities yet to be realized. But, as Wyatt drives
Powell into downtown Los Angeles (two-car families still being around the
corner), he grouses absently about his routine job and clockwork schedule
before giving her a perfunctory peck on the cheek. The canker has invaded
the rose. As he later confesses, he feels he's in a rut `six feet deep,'
and yearns for freedom adventure. He gets more than he bargained
Waiting for him in his office is `Gruesome,' private investigator Raymond
Burr, who's done some legwork concerning a convicted felon who has defrauded
the company. The felon (Byron Barr) squandered most of his ill-gained money
showering his girlfriend (Lizabeth Scott) with furs, an engagement ring and
even a little speedboat. Burr, in the course of his sleazy sleuthing, has
taken quite an obsessive fancy to her, but Powell warns him off, saying
he'll wrap the case up himself.
At first Scott dismisses Powell as just `a little man with a briefcase,' an
assessment that tallies too well with his own worst self-image. But to no
one's surprise, in this climate of Pacific air and marital dissatisfaction,
he ends up taking his own fancy to her, one that turns out to be mutual.
They tear around the harbor in her boat, then fritter away the rest of the
afternoon in a dim cocktail lounge. He doesn't get back to hearth and home
till the wee small hours.
One night when his son is awakened by nightmares, Powell lectures him: `Take
only good pictures and have only good dreams.' It's a case of do what I
say, not what I do. By veering off from the straight and narrow, Powell has
set into motion a chain of baleful events. The vindictive Burr assaults him
outside his garage. Scott discovers that Powell's been hiding his life as a
married father. Ex-cop Burr starts visiting Barr in stir, sowing seeds of
jealousy and plans for revenge. Events converge one dreadful night with an
unplanned pair of killings that leave the quick, arguably, worse off than
Jay Dratler's script (from his own novel) shows a progressive streak in
dealing with the short and unpredictable fuses of controlling, potentially
violent males stalkers. The script also serves the assembled cast well.
True, there's not much to be done with Wyatt, with her cap-sleeved
house-dresses and finishing-school elocution, but she's more plausible than
she would be two years later as a highly unlikely femme fatale in The Man
Who Cheated Himself. Here, she's the distaff side of those male dictators,
a wife whose ideals of suburban decorum are chiseled into cold marble (she's
a faint forerunner of Joan Crawford's Harriet Craig).
But Powell gets to tap deeply into his key emotion, snappish discontent, and
lets it deepen into something close to small-time tragedy. Scott, always an
iconic presence but an actress with limits, finds a comfortable part as a
bewildered and vulnerable victim of the men who come into her life, bidden
and unbidden. Burr, billed fourth (after Wyatt!), possibly fares best.
Much in demand in the late 40s as one of the creepiest heavies, he earned
that demand by providing extra (and maybe unasked-for) dimensions to the
thugs he played. Like the giant Fafner in Das Rheingold, he lets a bit of
yearning, of desperation, show under all his intimidating bulk (and in sheer
avoirdupois, it's one of his biggest roles).
De Toth, better remembered for his westerns and 3-D horror pix like House of
Wax, made, in Pitfall, one of the more distinctive titles of the noir cycle.
Not often mentioned in top-ten lists, even those of black-and-white crime
films of the post-war era, it has the effrontery to situate deceit and
duplicity and betrayal where it surely ought not to belong not in road
houses or tenement flats but right at the heart of a storybook American
family (it's one of the more subversive films of the era).. Yes, there are
lapses, chief among which is a score that keeps trying to crack corny little
jokes. But in the denouement far from unleashing a hideous storm of
terror, De Toth opts for cold detachment he casts a chill that lingers
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, Byron Barr
, Dick Powell
, Dick Wessel
, Jane Wyatt
, Jimmy Hunt
, John Litel
, Lizabeth Scott
, Margaret Wells
, Raymond Burr
, Selmer Jackson
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