I liked this film better than The Maltese Falcon. It's got some obvious similarities: the style of the dialogue; the protagonist meeting a woman and falling for her within moments; the woman turning out to be a villain; and of course as film noir there's some other stylistic similarity.
The relationship between Neff and Dietrichson was unbelievably sudden, but otherwise I thought the film's pacing was pretty good. The camerawork was quite good, too: the darkness of the night was very tangible.
|Barton Keyes||None||Edward G. Robinson|
|Edward S. Norton, Jr.||None||Richard Gaines|
|Lola Dietrichson||None||Jean Heather|
|Mr. Dietrichson||None||Tom Powers|
|Mr. Jackson||None||Porter Hall|
|Nino Zachetti||None||Byron Barr|
|Phyllis Dietrichson||None||Barbara Stanwyck|
|Walter Neff||None||Fred MacMurray|
|Billy Wilder||Director / Screenwriter||
|Edward G. Robinson||Actor|