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1[[quoteright:300:]] ˛˛''The Web'' is a 1947 FilmNoir directed by Michael Gordon, starring Edmond O'Brien, Ella Raines, William Bendix, and Creator/VincentPrice.˛˛Bob Regan (O'Brien) is a lawyer hired for an unusual task. You see, his client Andrew Colby (Price) is being threatened by a recently-released embezzler, and he needs a subtle bodyguard. The embezzler shows up, and Regan ends up killing him in defense of his client. However, as events turn up, our hero begins to suspect that the entire thing was a setup...˛˛-----˛!!This film contains examples of:˛˛* BigBad: [[spoiler:Andrew Colby]] is responsible for the whole setup.˛* ClearMyName: After Regan figures out that he's a patsy, his goal becomes to clear himself of any murder charges while taking down the true mastermind.˛* CrusadingLawyer: Regan is not above personally barging into a high-end office to deliver a summons if he feels his letters are being ignored. His clients being pushed around is his BerserkButton.˛* DefiniteArticleTitle˛* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Colby acts super friendly and charming, but is secretly a stone cold sociopath.]]˛* FrameUp: The BigBad has this as his M.O. Every time he commits a crime, he frames somebody he needs out of the way.˛* FriendOnTheForce: Lt. Damico, to Regan.˛* FriendToAllLivingThings: Leopold Kroner was so kind that he refused to go to a zoo because cooping up animals like that was cruel in his eyes.˛* MomentKiller: Regan and Faraday are flirting and about to dance, when they're interrupted by a gunshot.˛* RedHerring: Kroner didn't commit any of the crimes he was accused of. [[spoiler:Colby]] framed him for them all.˛* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:Andrew Colby, who framed a business partner for embezzlement, arranges things so that he can murder him when he gets out of prison, then kills anybody, including his bodyguard and nearly his daughter, who tries to figure out the truth.]]˛* ThisIsReality: Everybody, including Regan and Damico, voice their suspicions of the plot to point out that it sounds like a pulpy detective novel.˛-----


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