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  1. The casting for this movie was great! Edmund O'Brien could really exude flop sweat when called for. Neville Brand could go over the top while seeming to be rational. One of the best supporting role is the Bradbury Building.
  2. I wonder which version TCM will screen--the original version which was not the initial release or the revised version which was the initial release.
  3. The opening of this movie is like a black-and-white version of one of those boring James FitzPatrick Traveltalk shorts. I fear it will end with FitzPatrick narrating "...and so we reluctantly say a fond farewell to the Imperial Valley."
  4. Often a key contribution to film noir are the actors who portray the villains. Films like Kansas City Confidential, Detour, and DOA have memorable heavies. The Killers includes Charles McGraw and William Conrad. McGraw's face and Conrad's voice are pure noir.
  5. Robert Mitchum did voice-over in some of his later noir films. When he appeared on Saturday Night Live they did a Spade/Marlowe type skit which poked fun at the presence of voice-over.
  6. As mentioned by others, the use of POV is necessitated by a crucial plot element which follows.
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