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Considered as a movie, is not very good:
There are hints of masochistic feelings on the hero's part here, as the officer is clearly what the hero thinks of as an ideal man: upper class, really good-looking, heroic.
It has some interesting material.
Even here, Bogart has a bit more of an edge thanFord's later heroes, playing a young man who has accidentallykilled another man in a fight, and who has been sent to prisonfor manslaughter.
This is perhaps an example of corrupt authority.
This is different from the hero of , who is ineffective when he tries to take part in spectacles he has seen, such as the boxing demonstration he was put through by the Captain.
Such runs through Ford's films.
The hero's arrest forcibly puts him through a whole strange experience: arrest, parading through town, interrogation, meeting the DA, interviews by the press.
It is interesting to see it at this early date.
Even in his silent days, the heroes of hisfilms were associated with songs, that would be played as tunesby the instrumentalists that accompanied the films in the theater.
Such stunts were ideally suited to silent film, being purely visual.
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