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Two of a Kind

Posted by martinteller on July 11, 2011

Lightweight noir about a con where Edmond O’Brien pretends to be the long-lost son of a millionaire.  The movie is fun but never goes to the dark places it seems to hint at.  Lizabeth Scott is set up to be a great femme fatale (the scene where she ropes O’Brien into the scheme and gets him to make a brutal sacrifice is the highlight of the film) but her character fizzles out.  Fans of con artist flicks will be disappointed as the plan doesn’t have the intricate details that make them enjoyable.  Although it’s an enjoyable film (O’Brien especially), it all wraps up far too neatly and without much sizzle.  I did enjoy the sleazy subtext of Terry Moore as the “good girl” who gets turned on by bad guys.  When she meets O’Brien, you can read “rape fantasy” all over her face.  Rating: 6

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