Thursday, 20 April 2017
Directed by Archie Mayo, 1942
Fritz Lang began directing this film. The script was about a debauched sailor who meets a prostitute, shacks up with her, and she ends up being raped and murdered by his friend. It's dark and bleak. Lang left soon and was replaced by Archie Mayo (though his visual style clearly remains). Then the censors and the league of decency stepped in, and the studio cut and rewrote the whole thing, turning it into a love story! (Ali N).