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Posted by martinteller on April 18, 2010

Before he became known for his glorious melodramas, Douglas Sirk dabbled in a number of genres, including the lively serial killer flick.  George Sanders and Lucille Ball are always fun to watch, and there’s a very amusing/creepy minor role for Boris Karloff.  If the film has a significant flaw, it’s that the tension gets turned on and off like a faucet, and there are several stretches without much menace at all.  But it is sufficiently engaging for the most part with some nice noir lighting.  Also a homosexual subtext for the killer is never overtly hinted at, but it’s an intriguing angle to ponder.  Rating: 7


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