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To the Ends of the Earth

Posted by martinteller on December 2, 2014

I watched half of this before my vacation and the rest of it just now… not the ideal viewing situation, so perhaps you should take this mini-review with a grain of salt.  It’s just as well this didn’t end up being a Noir-vember review, since it’s not particularly noir.  More of a globe-trotting adventure as a government agent (Dick Powell) tracks down an opium ring from San Francisco to Shanghai to Egypt to Cuba to New York.  It’s pretty lively and entertaining, but Powell’s vibe is too smug and there’s some lingering postwar anti-Japanese sentiment involved… perhaps indicating a conservative streak in director Robert Stevenson, who would do the Communist panic picture The Woman on Pier 13 the following year.  Also some clunky speeches and no standout performances.  But the bones of the film are solid, with some fun twists and turns if you don’t mind the somewhat hard-to-follow plot.  Rating: Fair (67)

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