Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Noir Watch: The Clay Pigeon (1949)
Format: Noir Alley on TCM (DVR)
A former sailor who had been in a Japanese prison camp awakens stateside, having been in a coma for two years. He's suffering from amnesia, but he overhears a discussion that he killed one of his best friends and is suspected of colluding with the enemy.
This being noir, the sailor - Bill Williams - makes good his escape to try to learn what happened. He winds up at the home of his former comrade in arms, meets his war-widow, and coerces her into helping him.
An old pal from their unit offers to help, but he sees up to no good, and more surprises await.
Look, I watched this movie over three separate viewings, two of which were ten days apart. That's a lot of time. Luckily the movie is incredibly straightforward stuff. It's... fine, but I am not going to write the first or final word on it. So. Everyone gets off easy as there's no more post here.