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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Framed (1947)

A waitress (Janis Carter) and her married lover (Barry Sullivan) plot to embezzle money from the bank he works at and run off together after faking his death in an automobile crash. But they need a body, who won't be missed, that will be mistaken for the bank manager once they push his car off a cliff. Enter a drifter (Glenn Ford) who fits the requirements to a "T". Simple, yes? Simple ... no! This entertaining nifty low budget noir programmer has a few tricks up its sleeve to make it stand out of the crowd. Ford makes for a nice not so dumb dupe but if the film belongs to anyone, it's Janis Carter's bargain basement femme fatale. Carter plays her so ambiguously (even when she's telling the truth, it sounds like she's lying) that you're never quite sure what's she's up to until the very end. Directed by Richard Wallace with Burnett Guffey responsible for the crisp B&W lensing. With Karen Morley (MASK OF FU MANCHU) and Edgar Buchanan.

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