Friday, June 28, 2019
Noir Watch: Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
A bit of lighter, post-war crime drama.
Garfield plays a former con-man coming back to New York to reclaim the girl he left when he enlisted, and the wad of money he left in her hands. She's thrown in with a club-owner and spent the money, and so he heads out to LA to reconnect with an old friend.
Running into some pre-war fellow goons, he's turned onto a scheme to rip-off a wealthy widow, who turns out to be less tired old lady and instead the lovely Geraldine Fitzgerald. Trouble ensues.
The movie is so light in places and features so many comedic bits, it barely feels like noir - but structurally, it fits the bill. Nothing ground-breaking here, but Garfield shows his chops as a strong leading man, and we get some great character actor performances and Fitzgerald demonstrates why she flirted with major stardom.