History Film / TouchOfEvil

9th Nov '16 7:03:56 PM JakesBrain
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-> '''Tana''': He was some kind of man. What does it matter what you say about people?

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-> --> '''Tana''': He was some kind of man. What does it matter what you say about people?



Welles plays Captain [[DirtyCop Hank Quinlan]], a fat, ugly and sad corrupt police officer. The black-and-white film also features Creator/CharltonHeston as [[KnightInSourArmor Mike Vargas]], a Mexican narcotics agent on his honeymoon; Janet Leigh as his bride, Susie; and Marlene Dietrich as Tanya, a cigar-smoking Mexican gypsy brothel owner with huge beautiful eyes.

The film begins with an exploding car killing a powerful businessman, witnessed by Vargas and Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bomb may have been placed in Mexico), he works his way into the investigation headed by Quinlan. Quinlan quickly sets his beady eyes on a lowly Mexican employee that had a grudge with that businessman (the employee wanted to marry the businessman's white daughter). When Vargas notices that some of the evidence found by Quinlan's loyal partner Menzies was clearly planted (but can't prove it), Vargas starts questioning Quinlan's case history. But while this is all happening, Susie Vargas is left all alone at a creepy hotel where some gang members that Vargas is after is holed up as well and Quinlan starts making a few calls to the gang's boss about what to do with that lonely newlywed.

The film is an unlikely collaboration between producer Albert Zugsmith (former media lawyer and producer of B-movies and Rock Hudson melodramas) and Orson Welles. There are two versions on how the film got made. In version one, Creator/CharltonHeston was cast in the film but on learning that Welles was also cast, he insisted that he direct the film. The other story is that Orson Welles had appeared for one of Zugsmith's films and asked Welles to choose one of the properties he had. Welles chose the less promising one (the pulp novel ''Badge of Evil''), reasoning that the weak material would allow him more creative freedom, less risk and that a success would make it easier to make his long-term projects. It didn't work out as planned though. The film suffered from ExecutiveMeddling, was re-edited and some of the scenes were shot by other directors. It was then dumped poorly and failed at the box-office. It would be Welles' final Hollywood film. There are three versions of the film. The original theatrical cut, an earlier preview version with more Welles footage discovered in the vaults from 1976. In 1998, producer Rick Schmidlin, worked with Walter Murch and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum to create a Reconstruction based on a memo written by Welles. Recent DVD-BR releases features all three versions but since the 90s, the Reconstruction is regarded as the film closest to Welles' vision.

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Welles plays Captain [[DirtyCop Hank Quinlan]], a fat, ugly ugly, and sad corrupt police officer. The black-and-white film also features Creator/CharltonHeston as [[KnightInSourArmor Mike Vargas]], a Mexican narcotics agent on his honeymoon; Janet Leigh as his bride, Susie; and Marlene Dietrich as Tanya, a cigar-smoking Mexican gypsy brothel owner with huge beautiful eyes.

The film begins with an exploding car killing a powerful businessman, witnessed by Vargas and Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bomb may have been placed in Mexico), he works his way into the investigation headed by Quinlan. Quinlan quickly sets his beady eyes on a lowly Mexican employee that had a grudge with that businessman (the employee wanted to marry the businessman's white daughter). When Vargas notices that some of the evidence found by Quinlan's loyal partner Menzies was clearly planted (but can't prove it), Vargas starts questioning Quinlan's case history. But while this is all happening, Susie Vargas is left all alone at a creepy hotel where some gang members that Vargas is after is are holed up as well and Quinlan starts making a few calls to the gang's boss about what to do with that lonely newlywed.

The film is an unlikely collaboration between producer Albert Zugsmith (former media lawyer and producer of B-movies and Rock Hudson melodramas) and Orson Welles. There are two versions on how the film got made. In version one, Creator/CharltonHeston was cast in the film but on learning that Welles was also cast, he insisted that he direct the film. The other story is that Orson Zugsmith offered to let Welles had appeared for one of Zugsmith's films and asked Welles to choose helm a film based on one of the properties he had.had rights to. Welles chose the less promising one (the pulp novel ''Badge of Evil''), reasoning that the weak material would allow him more creative freedom, less risk and that a success would make it easier to make his long-term projects. It didn't work out as planned though. The film suffered from ExecutiveMeddling, was re-edited and some of the scenes were shot by other directors. It was then dumped poorly and failed at the box-office. It would be Welles' final Hollywood film. There are three versions of the film. The original theatrical cut, an earlier preview version with more Welles footage discovered in the vaults from 1976. In 1998, producer Rick Schmidlin, worked with Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum to create a Reconstruction based on a memo written by Welles. Recent DVD-BR releases features all three versions but since the 90s, the Reconstruction is regarded as the film closest to Welles' vision.



* CaliforniaDoubling: Sorta. While it depicts life on the California/Mexico border, most scenes were filmed in Venice, California about 140 miles away.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Sorta. While it depicts life on the California/Mexico border, most scenes were filmed in Venice, California California, about 140 miles away.



* CreepyCrossdresser: [=McCambridge=] appears as an androgynous-looking gang member abducting Susie Vargas. Her big line? "I like to watch."

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* CreepyCrossdresser: Mercedes [=McCambridge=] appears as an androgynous-looking gang member abducting Susie Vargas. Her big line? "I like to watch."



** The plot of the film which starts with a bombing that brings several key players together but eventually becomes the subplot to the larger background laid bear the strategies and subtext of noir movies. In a traditional noir, police investigation into crime often had a subtext laid on that the cops were not as guilded as the plot seemed, in Welles' film, the actual unconnected crime becomes an ExcusePlot by law-enforcement organizations on both sides of the law to exercise their political and personal wills and prejudices, which has absolutely nothing to do with the original crime.

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** The plot of the film which starts with a bombing that brings several key players together but eventually becomes the subplot to the larger background laid bear bare the strategies and subtext of noir movies. In a traditional noir, police investigation into crime often had a subtext laid on that the cops were not as guilded honorable as they seemed on the plot seemed, surface; in Welles' film, the actual unconnected crime becomes an a blatant ExcusePlot by law-enforcement organizations on both sides of the law border to exercise their political and personal wills and prejudices, which has have absolutely nothing ''nothing'' to do with the original crime.



* DodgyToupee: Grandi have a tendency to lose his "rug" and then taking several attempts at making it sit right again.

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* DodgyToupee: Grandi have has a tendency to lose his "rug" "rug", pop it back on, and then taking several attempts at making fidget with it sit until it sits right again.



--> '''Vargas''': ''"A policeman's job is only easy in a PoliceState."''

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--> '''Vargas''': ''"A A policeman's job is only easy in a PoliceState."''



* HalfwayPlotSwitch: More like three-quarters. But while it starts out as if the film is about Vargas being a crusading lawman, the finale

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: More like three-quarters. But while it starts out as if the film is about Vargas being a crusading lawman, it ends up focusing on the finale final fall and destruction of Hank Quinlan.



-->'''Gang Leader''': We've scattered more reefer stubs around.
-->'''Grandi''': You kids didn't use none of that stuff yourself, anh?
-->'''Ginnie''': Think we're crazy?
-->'''Grandi''': Nobody in the Grandi family gets hooked, understand? That's the rule.

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-->'''Gang Leader''': We've scattered more reefer stubs around.
-->'''Grandi''':
around.\\
'''Grandi''':
You kids didn't use none of that stuff yourself, anh?
-->'''Ginnie''':
huh?\\
'''Ginnie''':
Think we're crazy?
-->'''Grandi''':
crazy?\\
'''Grandi''':
Nobody in the Grandi family gets hooked, understand? That's the rule.



* KnightTemplar: Quinlan firmly believes he's the law and can't do wrong, so when he frames criminals who he can't convict with available evidence, he's not doing anything wrong by planting evidence. When Vargas starts investigating his activities, Quinlan believes he is perfectly justified to abduct, terrorize and frame his wife to smear his reputation, because [[TautologicalTemplar obviously he knows best]].

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* KnightTemplar: Quinlan firmly believes he's the law and can't do wrong, so when he frames plants evidence to frame criminals who whom he can't convict with available evidence, he's not doing anything wrong by planting evidence.wrong. When Vargas starts investigating his activities, Quinlan believes he is perfectly justified to abduct, terrorize and frame his wife to smear his reputation, because [[TautologicalTemplar obviously he knows best]].



** It must be noted that there are no Mexicans in the cast. Grandi is played by an Armenian actor Akim Tamiroff and the Gypsy Fortune teller played by Creator/MarleneDietrich who doesn't even hide her famous German accent. The film is set in a border area between America and Mexico and actually shot around Venice Beach, Los Angeles with very distinct, identifiable architecture. It's not a realistic film by any means. In any case, the idea of actors affecting accents for their part wasn't all that common among Golden Age actors like Charlton Heston or Welles, who weren't into the later dominant style of MethodActing.

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** It must be noted that there are no Mexicans in the cast. Grandi is played by an Armenian actor Akim Tamiroff and the Gypsy Fortune fortune teller is played by Creator/MarleneDietrich Creator/MarleneDietrich, who doesn't even hide her famous German accent. The film is set in a border area between America and Mexico and actually shot around Venice Beach, Los Angeles with very distinct, identifiable architecture. It's not a realistic film by any means. In any case, the idea of actors affecting accents for their part wasn't all that common among Golden Age actors like Charlton Heston or Welles, who weren't into the later dominant style of MethodActing.



* YourDaysAreNumbered: When Quinlan visits his friend Tana the fortune teller. He asks her to see his future. Tana warns him "You haven't got any... Your future is all used up."

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* YourDaysAreNumbered: When Quinlan visits his friend Tana the fortune teller. He teller, he asks her to see read his future. Tana warns him him: "You haven't got any... Your future is all used up."
3rd Jun '16 12:46:41 PM Mdumas43073
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The film begins with an exploding car killing a powerful businessman, witnessed by newly-married Vargas and Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bomb may have been placed in Mexico), he works his way into the investigation headed by Quinlan. Quinlan quickly sets his beady eyes on a lowly Mexican employee that had a grudge with that businessman (the employee wanted to marry the businessman's white daughter). When Vargas notices that some of the evidence found by Quinlan's loyal partner Menzies was clearly planted (but can't prove it), Vargas starts questioning Quinlan's case history. But while this is all happening, Susie Vargas is left all alone at a creepy hotel where some gang members that Vargas is after is holed up as well and Quinlan starts making a few calls to the gang's boss about what to do with that lonely newlywed.

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The film begins with an exploding car killing a powerful businessman, witnessed by newly-married Vargas and Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bomb may have been placed in Mexico), he works his way into the investigation headed by Quinlan. Quinlan quickly sets his beady eyes on a lowly Mexican employee that had a grudge with that businessman (the employee wanted to marry the businessman's white daughter). When Vargas notices that some of the evidence found by Quinlan's loyal partner Menzies was clearly planted (but can't prove it), Vargas starts questioning Quinlan's case history. But while this is all happening, Susie Vargas is left all alone at a creepy hotel where some gang members that Vargas is after is holed up as well and Quinlan starts making a few calls to the gang's boss about what to do with that lonely newlywed.
3rd Jun '16 12:46:07 PM Mdumas43073
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The film begins with an exploding car killing a powerful businessman, witnessed by newlyweds Vargas and Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bomb may have been placed in Mexico), he works his way into the investigation headed by Quinlan. Quinlan quickly sets his beady eyes on a lowly Mexican employee that had a grudge with that businessman (the employee wanted to marry the businessman's white daughter). When Vargas notices that some of the evidence found by Quinlan's loyal partner Menzies was clearly planted (but can't prove it), Vargas starts questioning Quinlan's case history. But while this is all happening, Susie Vargas is left all alone at a creepy hotel where some gang members that Vargas is after is holed up as well and Quinlan starts making a few calls to the gang's boss about what to do with that lonely newlywed.

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The film begins with an exploding car killing a powerful businessman, witnessed by newlyweds newly-married Vargas and Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bomb may have been placed in Mexico), he works his way into the investigation headed by Quinlan. Quinlan quickly sets his beady eyes on a lowly Mexican employee that had a grudge with that businessman (the employee wanted to marry the businessman's white daughter). When Vargas notices that some of the evidence found by Quinlan's loyal partner Menzies was clearly planted (but can't prove it), Vargas starts questioning Quinlan's case history. But while this is all happening, Susie Vargas is left all alone at a creepy hotel where some gang members that Vargas is after is holed up as well and Quinlan starts making a few calls to the gang's boss about what to do with that lonely newlywed.
3rd Jun '16 12:45:35 PM Mdumas43073
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Welles plays Captain [[DirtyCop Hank Quinlan]], a fat, ugly and sad corrupt police officer. The black-and-white film also features Creator/CharltonHeston as [[KnightInSourArmor Mike Vargas]], a Mexican narcotics agent on his honeymoon; Janet Leigh as his bride, Susan; and Marlene Dietrich as Tanya, a cigar-smoking Mexican gypsy brothel owner with huge beautiful eyes.

The film begins with an exploding car killing a powerful businessman, witnessed by Vargas and his new wife Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bomb may have been placed in Mexico), he works his way into the investigation headed by Quinlan. Quinlan quickly sets his beady eyes on a lowly Mexican employee that had a grudge with that businessman (the employee wanted to marry the businessman's white daughter). When Vargas notices that some of the evidence found by Quinlan's loyal partner Menzies was clearly planted (but can't prove it), Vargas starts questioning Quinlan's case history. But while this is all happening, Susie Vargas is left all alone at a creepy hotel where some gang members that Vargas is after is holed up as well and Quinlan starts making a few calls to the gang's boss about what to do with that lonely newlywed.

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Welles plays Captain [[DirtyCop Hank Quinlan]], a fat, ugly and sad corrupt police officer. The black-and-white film also features Creator/CharltonHeston as [[KnightInSourArmor Mike Vargas]], a Mexican narcotics agent on his honeymoon; Janet Leigh as his bride, Susan; Susie; and Marlene Dietrich as Tanya, a cigar-smoking Mexican gypsy brothel owner with huge beautiful eyes.

The film begins with an exploding car killing a powerful businessman, witnessed by newlyweds Vargas and his new wife Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bomb may have been placed in Mexico), he works his way into the investigation headed by Quinlan. Quinlan quickly sets his beady eyes on a lowly Mexican employee that had a grudge with that businessman (the employee wanted to marry the businessman's white daughter). When Vargas notices that some of the evidence found by Quinlan's loyal partner Menzies was clearly planted (but can't prove it), Vargas starts questioning Quinlan's case history. But while this is all happening, Susie Vargas is left all alone at a creepy hotel where some gang members that Vargas is after is holed up as well and Quinlan starts making a few calls to the gang's boss about what to do with that lonely newlywed.
3rd Jun '16 12:44:31 PM Mdumas43073
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Welles plays Captain [[DirtyCop Hank Quinlan]], a fat, ugly and sad corrupt police officer. The black-and-white film also features Creator/CharltonHeston as [[KnightInSourArmor Mike Vargas]], a Mexican narcotics agent on his honeymoon, Janet Leigh as his bride, and Marlene Dietrich as Tanya, a cigar-smoking Mexican gypsy brothel owner with huge beautiful eyes.

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Welles plays Captain [[DirtyCop Hank Quinlan]], a fat, ugly and sad corrupt police officer. The black-and-white film also features Creator/CharltonHeston as [[KnightInSourArmor Mike Vargas]], a Mexican narcotics agent on his honeymoon, honeymoon; Janet Leigh as his bride, Susan; and Marlene Dietrich as Tanya, a cigar-smoking Mexican gypsy brothel owner with huge beautiful eyes.
3rd Jun '16 12:43:11 PM Mdumas43073
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24th May '16 5:33:55 PM freesefan
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* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: Tana turns and walks away from the camera after delivering the last line of the movie, the famous "some kind of a man" quote.
20th May '16 8:01:21 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* DodgyToupee: Grandi have a tendency to loose his "rug" and then taking several attempts at making it sit right again.

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* DodgyToupee: Grandi have a tendency to loose lose his "rug" and then taking several attempts at making it sit right again.
11th Apr '16 8:49:32 AM Pallo
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* TheCameo: Welles's old friend and former co-star Creator/JosephCotten makes a brief appearance at the bombing crime scene, as the coroner. ("Now you could strain him through a sieve.")

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* TheCameo: Welles's old friend and former co-star Creator/JosephCotten makes a brief appearance at the bombing crime scene, scene as the coroner. coroner ("Now you could strain him through a sieve.")"), as well as later on after Susie [[spoiler: gets arrested]].



* IronicEcho: "That's the second bullet I took for you, partner..."

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* IronicEcho: "That's "Pete... that's the second bullet I took stopped for you, partner...you..."



* MadeOfPlasticine: "Once he ran this town. Now you could strain him through a sieve."

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* MadeOfPlasticine: "Once he ran "An hour ago Rudy Linnekar had this town. Now town in his pocket." "Now you could strain him through a sieve."



* NeverBareheaded: Quinlan's hat never comes off, not even [[spoiler: as he falls dead into the murky waters of the stagnant river.]]

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* NeverBareheaded: Quinlan's hat never comes off, not even as he strangles [[spoiler: Grandi]] to death or as he [[spoiler: falls dead into the murky waters of the stagnant river.]]
11th Apr '16 8:37:08 AM Pallo
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* GoryDiscretionShot: We hear a few comments about what was left of Mr. Linnekar and his girlfriend, but we never get to see their scattered remains.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: We hear a few comments about remarks on what was left of Mr. Linnekar and his girlfriend, but we never get to see their scattered remains.
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