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High Wall (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 December 1947 (USA)
After a brain-damaged man confesses to murder and is committed, Dr. Ann Lorrison tries to prove his innocence.

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Dr. Ann Lorrison
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Willard I. Whitcombe
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Helen Kenet
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Mr. Slocum
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Dr. George Poward
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Dr. Philip Dunlap
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David Wallace (as John Ridgeley)
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Dr. Stanley Griffin
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Mrs. Kenet
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Henry Cronner
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Emory Garrison
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Sidney X. Hackle
Ray Mayer ...
Tom Delaney
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Richard Kenet (as Bobby Hyatt)
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Storyline

Steven Kenet, suffering from a recurring brain injury, appears to have strangled his wife. Having confessed, he's committed to an understaffed county asylum full of pathetic inmates. There, Dr. Ann Lorrison is initially skeptical about Kenet's story and reluctance to undergo treatment. But against her better judgement, she begins to doubt his guilt, and endangers her career on a dangerous quest through dark streets awash with rain. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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So tense! So taut! It closes in on you like a high wall!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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17 December 1947 (USA)  »

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Anklage - Mord  »

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$1,844,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film did poorly at the box office for MGM, resulting in a loss of $101,000 ($1M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

At around ten minutes, a group of doctors are looking at Kenet's skull x-rays. The x-rays are hung behind the illuminated frosted glass panels - so that we can see the x-rays, but the doctors could not. And the x-ray as we see it is oriented correctly to show a left side hematoma, but to the doctors, the x-ray is reversed meaning the hematoma would be on the right. See more »

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Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Much more than an overrated 'B' movie...
21 October 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE HIGH WALL gives Robert Taylor a chance to demonstrate that he was a very capable actor and much more than just a pretty face. Audrey Totter, as a psychiatrist who decides to help him prove he did not kill his wife, makes a strong impression opposite him. And Herbert Marshall is quietly effective as a mysterious man who knows the truth.

All of it is directed in brisk film noir fashion by Curtis Bernhardt with the accent on dark shadows and rainy streets to give it the proper noir atmosphere.

Rather than tell the plot, I'll just say that the story moves swiftly and keeps the viewer absorbed from start to finish. It's a well-paced thriller that makes use of psychiatric trends that may date the film today--but it's all done with such authority that whatever script contrivances are present don't really matter. It's intense and absorbing all the way in true film noir style. Taylor has seldom been more convincing as the distraught bomber pilot trying to find out whether he killed his wife or not.


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