YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 29: Try and Get Me! (1950)

Today, I’m recommending a movie that I’ve only seen once and, frankly, I don’t know if I’ll ever see it again.

It’s not because it’s not a first-rate noir. It is.

It’s just that it’s often hard to take – especially toward the end. But please don’t let that stop you from checking it out. Because you really owe it to yourself to see it.

At least once.

The movie is Try And Get Me! (1950).

(One more thing: you may never look at Lloyd Bridges the same way again.)

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Howard is coaxed over to the wrong side of the law by this smooth criminal, played by Lloyd Bridges.

Frank Lovejoy stars as Howard Tyler, an unemployed, down-on-his-luck war vet who is reluctantly lured into a life of crime in an effort to provide for his expectant wife and son. Like most of the best-laid plans in the world of film noir, Howard gets more than he bargained for.

WHAT ELSE?

Kathleen Ryan: One of Ireland’s best.

Howard’s wife is played by Kathleen Ryan, who you can see in one of my YouTube recommendations from earlier this month, the excellent Odd Man Out (1947). A native of Ireland, Ryan was included on a recently released list of the 50 Greatest Irish Actors of All Time by the Irish Times newspaper.

The film’s source material was a novel, The Condemned, by Jo Pagano, who also wrote the screenplay. Pagano’s novel was inspired by the 1933 kidnapping case of Brooke Hart, the wealthy son of a department store owner in San Jose, California. Pagano penned several other screenplays, but had better success on the small screen, writing for such series as 77 Sunset Strip, The Naked City, The F.B.I., and Bonanza.

Director Cy Endfield, who was once a professional magician, also helmed The Underworld Story, starring Dan Duryea and released earlier in the same year as Try and Get Me (which, incidentally, was originally issued as The Sound of Fury.) In the early 1950s, Endfield was blacklisted for refusing to name names during the HUAC Communist witchhunts. He later moved to England and directed a number of films under such names as Charles de Lautour, Hugh Raker, and C. Raker Endfield.

TOMORROW . . .

Join me for my next YouTube recommendation on the last day of Noirvember!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 29, 2020.

4 Responses to “YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 29: Try and Get Me! (1950)”

  1. Your reasoning is perfectly sound. I can’t recall when another movie has so affected me as the ending of this one. My daughter and I watched it together (that one and possibly only one time) and we still can barely speak of it. Nonetheless, it is a must-see!

    • It’s totally a must-see. It’s funny, though – I did turn it on while I was writing (as I did with all my picks), but I actually turned it off way (way) before the end. Yikes.

  2. Karen, just found your 2019 chat with Ileana Douglas. Enjoying it so much.
    I’m having a terrible time with WordPress now that it is making it so difficult to understand their new blog editor. I fear I may not be able to continue. How are you doing?

    • Thank you, Vienna! Doing that podcast was really a highlight of my life — even though there were several times when I totally went blank. I was kicking myself! I’m doing okay with the new editor. When I did my first post after starting it, I was literally in tears! I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to use it! But I wrote to them, and they sent me a couple of very helpful and informative emails. If you’d like, I’ll be glad to send them to you! Just email me at thedarkpages@yahoo.com.

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