Movie Diary 3/8/2016

Ride the Pink Horse (Robert Montgomery, 1947). Noir with some fascinating touches, not least of which is Montgomery’s performance as a not-very-bright but determined guy. Some pacing issues (see also Montgomery’s Lady in the Lake, same year).

Riot in Cell Block 11 (Don Siegel, 1954). Tough, hard prison picture, the action spread out over a big cast, no star turns, evocative use of real locations. Documentary flourishes add flavor, but aren’t the point. At 80 minutes, there’s no room for padding or romance – just the stuff itself.

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