Stuart Heisler2011-2020250 Quintessential Film NoirsDramaFilm NoirUSA

Stuart Heisler – Among the Living (1941)

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

Letterboxd review
★★★½ Rewatched by DopeAssGhost 26 Aug 2019


Casting shadows of Southern Gothic overtones and sending shivers of noir through the body, Among The Living is a mix of subgenres including social drama, suspense thriller, and even a bout of horror. It’s a short 67 minute black and white picture that offers a simplistic story- mentally unstable twin brother of an affluent man breaks out of his mansion room prison, kills a couple of people on the outside, and becomes manipulated by an attractive dame. It’s an enjoyable looking film that kept me entertained for the most part, but it doesn’t really have any impact in thematic scope or rewatchability. Plus besides a slightly suspenseful on-foot chase sequence, I didn’t really get any suspense vibes.
I give credit to the actors! Albert Dekker is fantastic in his dual role as twins John and Paul Raden, while Susan Hayward is charismatic, beautiful, and enticing as the manipulative Millie. Great acting aside, the characters are written in a so-so fashion. In the last ten minutes of the film, every character acts over-the-top and dumb with greed.

Among The Living is great to watch for noir fans!

+Commentary by Professor and Film Scholar Jason A. Ney

1.60GB | 1h 09m | 790×576 | mkv


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