September 18th, 2020


Movie Critique - Danger Signal

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Can the ending be changed, please? For such a chilling and thrilling tale, it fizzled out with the ending. Otherwise a very good psychological thriller to watch.

Danger Signal is a 1945 film noir starring Fay Emerson, Zachary Scott, Bruce Bennett and Mona Freeman in the lead cast. Adapted from the 1939 novel of the same name by British novelist Phyllis Bottome. Film was directed by Robert Florey and produced by William Jacobs.

Ronnie Marsh (portrayed by Zachary Scott) is on the run from law and lands as a tenant in the Fenchurch's house where three women live - mother Mrs. Fenchurch, older daughter Hilda Fenchurch and younger daughter Anne Fenchurch. Ronnie first sets his sights on Hilda, then changes it to Anne when he learns Anne would inherit money. What follows is a story of jealousy, love, protection, murder and finally realization.

Screenplay for the film was written by C. Graham Baker and Adele Comandini. It sets a tone of certain chillness to the plot sticking to the film noir concepts, giving the darker and depraved shades of human minds. The writers certainly evoked shivers with this psychological thriller specific to male psychopathy.

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