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High Tide (1947)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery | 13 September 1947 (USA)
A fast-moving automobile fails to make a sharp turn of the highway from Malibu to Los Angeles. It overturns and its occupants, Tim Slade, Newspaper man turned private investigator, and Hugh... See full summary »

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John Reinhardt

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Robert Presnell Sr. (screenplay), Raoul Whitfield (story "Inside Job") | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Hugh Fresney
Don Castle ... Tim 'T.M.' Slade
Julie Bishop ... Julie Vaughn
Anabel Shaw ... Dana Jones
Regis Toomey ... Inspector O'Haffey
Douglas Walton ... Clinton Vaughn
Francis Ford ... Pop Garrow
Anthony Warde ... Nick Dyke
Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Cresser
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Cleve Collins
George Ryland George Ryland ... Doctor at Shooting Scene (as George H. Ryland)
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A fast-moving automobile fails to make a sharp turn of the highway from Malibu to Los Angeles. It overturns and its occupants, Tim Slade, Newspaper man turned private investigator, and Hugh Fresney, managing editor of the Los Angeles Currier, are pinned underneath. Both are seriously injured and are unable to move. As they wait for the tide to come in and cover them, Fresney recounts that his boss, Clint VAughn has been killed, presumably by gangsters in the pay of Nick Dyke, who Fresney has fought against through his newspaper columns. Slade had been hired to avenge Fresney if Dyke's gang killed him in retaliation, Slade, one-time sweetheart of Vaughn's dipsomaniac wife Julie Vaughn, believed she still loved him, but he had fallen for Dana Jons, Vaughn's beautiful secretary. Police Detective O'Haffey investigated Vaughn's death and unearthed several suspects, including Slade, Julie, Dykes and Dana, but Slade was not satisfied and looked elsewhere. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Film-Noir | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1947 (USA) See more »

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Wrather Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some Great Moments, But Doesn't Hang Together
20 October 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Lee Tracy and Don Castle are trapped, dying in a crashed car at the beach. Flashback. Castle has just been hired as a PI by Tracy, playing a newspaper editor, to figure out who's been threatening him. Trouble is, Tracy's boss doesn't like Castle, because Castle and Julie Bishop, the boss' wife, had been a hot item, and she still wants him. So when the boss is shot and Tracy is wounded, things get even more confused....

The trouble with HIGH TIDE is this: there's a good story in there, and all the actors are good and make their lines sound real. The problem is those lines are trite. It looks as if some one saw one of the defining 'tec film noirs, like MURDER MY SWEET and said "Write in a scene where he gets worked over, and then shows up at the girl's house and cracks wise," so the writer does, and "Make the older woman jealous of the younger one." Unfortunately, by the time all these scenes had been written in, there was no way to write in the bits to connect them and make sense of them and keep things moving along at a tight 72 minutes. The result is a very watchable flick, with great moments, that doesn't, alas, bear much thought


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