Cinematographer John Alton’s masterful use of light and shadows reveals the sordid, yet romantic undercurrents of this revenge noir.
Penned up in the pen, the fall guy for a botched heist, Joe springs himself with the aid of his moll. They take off on a raw-edged journey so Joe can finally exact his revenge on a demented gangster (Raymond Burr)—one of the most sadistic screen villains of all time—waiting for them at the dim terminus. Along with some twists of classic noir archetypes, Raw Deal reveals sordid, yet romantic undercurrents of the noir world through cinematographer John Alton’s masterful use of light and shadows. D: Anthony Mann, US, 1948, 79m
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