History Film / TouchOfEvil

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.
10th Apr '16 7:47:12 AM JulianLapostat
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Welles' film was a parody of several BMovie and FilmNoir conventions, taking the genre inside out:
** 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.
** Detective Hank Quinlan is also a dark look at police work, showing how a life of crime-fighting has disillusioned and embittered him to the point that he has become worse than the criminals he has hunted down, and absolutely dismissive and snide to the idealistic Vargas. Vargas himself is not happy about some of the measures he has to take to bring down Quinlan, nor the fact that his dedication to his work keeps him away from his wife. As Vargas himself notes, honest policework is never intended to be a easy or safe job.
** Many of the characters are themselves parodies of older films. Suzy Vargas mocks Grandi for being a Film/LittleCaesar, and he and his outfits are essentially gangster movie cliches. Suzy's ordeal in the film, where she goes from idealistic newly bird wife to almost being StuffedIntoTheFridge to give the hero trauma, and eventually framed [[spoiler:as a floozy and murder suspect]], is a commentary on the female lead/love interest/femme fatale archetype actresses often played in these movies.



* FramingTheGuiltyParty: "How many did you frame?" "Nobody that wasn't guilty!" And in fact it turns out that the bombing suspect actually was guilty.

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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: "How many did you frame?" "Nobody that wasn't guilty!" And in fact it turns out that the bombing suspect actually was guilty.guilty, or at least he confessed that he was guilty.



* GambitPileup: Between Vargas and Border police, Quinlan on the other side, Mexican gangsters and their greasers, and the original bombing criminals.



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



* IncrediblyObviousBomb: So obvious that the lady passenger in the car complains about a ticking noise.

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* IncrediblyObviousBomb: So obvious that the lady passenger in the car complains about a ticking noise. Since the bomb was planted with a short timer and was inteded to blow up immediately, subtlety was not really necessary.



* 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]].



* MalignantPlotTumor: The original bombing investigation is almost completely forgotten by the end of the film in favor of Vargas' attempts to bring down Quinlan. The ending shoehorns in a line that the guy Quinlan framed really was guilty after all.

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* MalignantPlotTumor: The original bombing investigation is almost completely forgotten by the end of the film in favor of Vargas' attempts to bring down Quinlan. The ending shoehorns in a line that the guy Quinlan framed really was guilty after all. This is justified since the movie is about the toxic relationships between various law-enforcement organizations.



* ReCut: A "director's cut" of ''Touch of Evil'' based on a contemporary Welles memo of how he wanted the film to be is now available on video. Welles' memo states however that the film is still behind his conception since it features footage shot by other directors and for him, the memo is merely a salvage job and not a "director's cut" as we understand it.

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* ReCut: A "director's cut" "Reconstruction" of ''Touch of Evil'' based on a contemporary Welles memo of how he wanted to salvage the film after seeing the first Preview and the release cut. The main intent for Welles was to be is now available on video. preserve the plot structure of several parallel stories intercut together. The producers recut it to make it more "accessible" but ended up, as per researchers, being more confusing than Welles' memo states however that the film is still behind his conception since it features footage shot by other directors and for him, the memo is merely a salvage job and not a "director's cut" as we understand it.version.
17th Jan '16 9:05:34 PM JulianLapostat
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: One of the most infamous examples, Welles assured Heston he didn't have to do a Hispanic accent for his FakeNationality role as the Mexican Narcotics officer Vargas, cobbling together unofficial backstory saying that Vargas lost his accent due to his travels outside of Mexico and working with Caucasians.
** 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. Nevertheless, Heston later said he felt that not doing an accent for the role of the Mexican narcotics officer was a huge mistake, one of the biggest of his career.
** There's even a scene in ''Film/EdWood'' poking fun at this, where Welles is shown complaining about the sheer absurdity of the studio wanting Charlton Heston to play a Mexican character.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:
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One of the most infamous examples, Welles assured Heston he didn't have to do a Hispanic accent for his FakeNationality role as the Mexican Narcotics officer Vargas, cobbling together unofficial backstory saying that Vargas lost his accent due to his travels outside of Mexico and working with Caucasians.Caucasians.
** There's even a scene in ''Film/EdWood'' poking fun at this, where Welles is shown complaining about the sheer absurdity of the studio wanting Charlton Heston to play a Mexican character. This is highly inaccurate, since Welles had no problem with foreigners playing different roles and Heston was integral to the film getting made in the first place. Though, years later, Heston said he felt that not doing an accent for the role of the Mexican narcotics officer was a huge mistake, one of the biggest of his career.

** 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. Nevertheless, Heston later said he felt that not doing an accent for the role of the Mexican narcotics officer was a huge mistake, one of the biggest of his career.
** There's even a scene in ''Film/EdWood'' poking fun at this, where Welles is shown complaining about the sheer absurdity of the studio wanting Charlton Heston to play a Mexican character.
17th Jan '16 6:30:10 PM comicwriter
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** There's even a scene in ''Film/EdWood'' poking fun at this, where Welles is shown complaining about the sheer absurdity of the studio wanting Charlton Heston to play a Mexican character.
13th Jan '16 4:34:02 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* DodgyToupee: Grandi loses his at one point.

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* DodgyToupee: Grandi loses have a tendency to loose his "rug" and then taking several attempts at one point.making it sit right again.
28th Oct '15 9:13:07 AM zoop
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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 bombing 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 Vargas and his new wife Susie on the Mexican border. Claiming joint jurisdiction (as the bombing 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.
24th May '15 10:29:30 AM WJTaylor4
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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 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 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. Nevertheless, Heston later said he felt that not doing an accent for the role of the Mexican narcotics officer was a huge mistake, one of the biggest of his career.
8th May '15 7:57:16 AM Pallo
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* GoryDiscretionShot: We hear a few comments about the final state of Mr. Linnekar and his girlfriend, but we never get to see their blown up bodies.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: We hear a few comments about the final state what was left of Mr. Linnekar and his girlfriend, but we never get to see their blown up bodies.scattered remains.
7th May '15 11:30:54 PM Pallo
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* GoryDiscretionShot: We hear a few comments about the final state of Mr. Linnekar and his girlfriend, but we never get to see their blown up bodies.
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