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One of the best variations on the "can we communicate with the dead?" theme. Karloff's grief-induced derangement is moving, but the shudders largely come from Anne Revere, whose domineering, sociopathic medium is a B-movie Lady Macbeth. Austerely Gothic art direction, the Iron Maiden-like metal hoods, and an evocative voice-over by the scientist's daughter contribute to a memorable, if uneven 65-ish minutes of entertainment.
POV: you are a bird with a broken wing being lovingly tended by Liz & Dick on a bed of Minnelli Red cloth.
While THE SANDPIPER is a tad long and awkward, I found it disarmingly sincere with an elegant visual flow. Melodrama is nothing to laugh at, and Minnelli knew it. All the earnest chatter about sin and freedom and social adjustment and gender roles may seem "dated" to some, but the film resists the preachy finality I was dreading…
I'd be surprised if any movie ever did more in less than an hour than MYSTERY RANCH. Never-a-dull-moment Western with macabre Gothic ambiance and lurid pre-Code violence. Brisk direction, fluid camerawork, and expressionistic lighting. George O'Brien shines whether fighting three bad guys at once or flirting with the heroine. Deserves to be much better known!