Movie Diary 1/6/2011

Pushover (Richard Quine, 1954). Kim Novak in her film debut, bringing cop Fred MacMurray into a sordid little deal involving a lot of stakeouts and looking into windows and driving around at night. In fact the movie’s drugged pace and repetitive scenes become almost hypnotic. It also has a rather bitter, wised-up attitude toward sex and corruption in general, and doesn’t blink twice about MacMurray setting up his surveillance of Novak by sabotaging her car, taking her back to his place, and sleeping with her. There’s much that’s desperate and dirty about the whole thing.