Rent Noose (1948)

3.3 of 5 from 52 ratings
1h 31min
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Synopsis:
Sugiani , a black market racketeer (Joseph CaHera) is amassing a fortune until reporter Linda Medbury (Carole Landis) is on to him. When yet another 'victim' is found washed up in the River Thames, reporter Linda takes it upon herself to challenge Sugiani with the aid of her boyfriend Jumbo Hyde (Derek Farr) and a gang of boxers...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Edward Dryhurst
Writers:
Richard Llewellyn
Studio:
Renown Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/10/2009
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W

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Reviews (2) of Noose

Warrants Hanging. - Noose review by NC

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13/01/2019

A racketeer will stop at nothing to protect his business. Murder and maimings are a regular practice. A young female reporter crosses his path.

Nigel Patrick, usually cool and anchored, plays the racket's second-in-command, and is the only reason for watching this terrible film. His rattling motormouth, working triple-time, enlivens every scene he's in. The veteran Hay Petrie has a small part as a barber/executioner, and manages to generate some menace. The rest of the cast flounder and sink in wave after wave of turgid lines and direction, helplessly lost at sea. One of those films you regret wasting your time on.

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UK noir. - Noose review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
27/02/2020

Gréville had a career in France before moving to the UK in the thirties and was something of a stylist. He transformed unremarkable scripts into imaginative visual works not usual for such budgets. Noose is British film noir, a story of a pair of sparring reporters (Carole Landis in her last role before killing herself, and an anodyne Derek Farr) up against the mafia. And while that doesn't sound likely, particularly as Landis works in the fashion department, it is merely the setting for Gréville's directorial elan, and a few startling performances. Joseph Calleia is memorably menacing as the mob boss, his principle tools being intimidation, torture and a lack of brains. Landis brings some attractive screwball glamour. But, not so much stealing the film, as heisting the whole venture intact, is Nigel Patrick as a motormouth go-to front office mafia fixer. One of the great performances in British films, massively enjoyable, and credit Gréville for allowing Patrick to dominate to such great effect. The film pitches awkwardly between violence and comedy, and the ending is a disaster, but this is a classic because of the directors visual style and Patrick's superb characterisation.

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