The Pretender

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

A flawed but engrossing example of film noir, this stars Dekker as a man plotting to kill the fiance of Craig, a woman he has been embezzling from and now plans to marry. He tells the hitman that the fiance's picture will appear in the newspaper. When Dekker marries Craig, however, a picture of the newlyweds is printed instead, causing the hitman to think...read more

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A flawed but engrossing example of film noir, this stars Dekker as a man plotting to kill the fiance of Craig, a woman he has been embezzling from and now plans to marry. He tells the hitman that the fiance's picture will appear in the newspaper. When Dekker marries Craig, however, a

picture of the newlyweds is printed instead, causing the hitman to think that Dekker is his intended target. Dekker becomes increasingly paranoid, hiding in his room and eating only canned foods and crackers. Peeking out his window, he notices a shadow under a streetlight and shoots at it. He

escapes by car, but is followed by two other autos. He is killed in an accident without realizing that he was being followed by a hired bodyguard and the hitman, who was trying to return the money for the aborted hit. Topnotch lighting and set design make supreme use of Dekker's emotional state,

and sets constructed with exaggerated perspective effectively enhance the atmosphere.

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  • Review: A flawed but engrossing example of film noir, this stars Dekker as a man plotting to kill the fiance of Craig, a woman he has been embezzling from and now plans to marry. He tells the hitman that the fiance's picture will appear in the newspaper. When Dekk… (more)

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