#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In July 1939, English big-game hunter Captain Alan Thorndike infiltrates Adolph Hitler’s retreat Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps and takes aim at Hitler with his high-powered rifle. Although Thorndike had intended to carry out a “sporting stalk” only, and does not have bullets in his gun, he loads the weapon after locating the target. A German soldier surprises him, however, and his bullet goes astray. Thorndike is brought to Gestapo Major Quive-Smith, to whom he explains that he did not intend to kill Hitler. Quive-Smith does not believe him, however, and orders him to confess that his assassination attempt was at the request of the British government. Although Quive-Smith promises him freedom, Thorndike refuses to sign the prepared confession and is tortured by the Gestapo. When Thorndike still refuses to sign, Quive-Smith arranges for him to be thrown off a cliff in what will look like an accident, but he falls into a river and survives. The next day, the Gestapo searches for Thorndike but he eludes his pursuers and reaches a harbor, where he boards a boat bound for Britain. An intrepid cabin boy named Vaner hides him while one of Quive-Smith’s men, Mr. Jones, boards with Thorndike’s passport. Vaner keeps Thorndike hidden during the journey, but once he is ashore, Thorndike realizes that Jones and other Gestapo agents are following him, and he ducks into an apartment to escape. He appeals to the apartment’s resident, a young Cockney woman named Jerry Stokes, for aid, and she helps him get to his brother’s house. Thorndike’s brother, Lord Gerald Risborough, is an ambassador, who warns him that the German embassy is looking for him, and that England must acquiesce if Germany demands his extradition. Thorndike vows to disappear from England, then leaves with Jerry and sleeps on her couch. The next morning, Thorndike outlines his plans and does not notice that Jerry has fallen in love with him. She pouts until he takes her to buy a pin to replace the one she lost from her tam-o’-shanter, and she chooses a large chromium arrow. Jerry then accompanies Thorndike to the office of his solicitor, Saul Farnsworthy, where he tries to give her five hundred pounds. She refuses the money, and their squabbling is cut short when an assistant announces that Quive-Smith and Jones are on their way to the office. Thorndike and Jerry escape to the Underground, where Thorndike is chased by Jones. After a fight, Jones is electrocuted on the third rail, and, because he still carries Thorndike’s passport, his corpse is identified as the hunter. Realizing that the British police are now after him as well, Thorndike instructs Jerry to write to him at Lyme Regis in three weeks with any news. After a tearful farewell, Jerry returns to her apartment, where Quive-Smith is waiting for her. Three weeks later, Thorndike, who has been living in a cave in the woods, goes to the post office to pick up Jerry’s letter. When he returns to his cave, Thorndike discovers that the letter is from Quive-Smith, who has followed him and blocked the cave’s opening. Through a small opening, Quive-Smith hands Thorndike Jerry’s tam-o’-shanter and says that she was found dead on the street after jumping out her window. Enraged by Jerry’s murder, Thorndike finally admits that he did intend to kill Hitler, although he did not realize it at the time. Stalling for time, Thorndike agrees to sign the confession and constructs a bow while Quive-Smith opens the entrance to the cave. As Quive-Smith reaches for the signed confession, Thorndike shoots him with the arrow from Jerry’s hat. As he dies, Quive-Smith shoots Thorndike with a pistol, but before he collapses, Thorndike destroys the confession. Months pass as Thorndike recuperates and Europe is thrown into war. Once he has recovered, Thorndike joins the RAF, and on a reconnaissance mission over Germany, bails out with a high-powered rifle, intent on fulfilling his purpose this time.
Plot: British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.
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Early Lang noir
Compact well directed drama of the dawning realization of the Nazi threat in Europe. A noir before that was a popular genre. Walter Pidgeon handles his role well, his suave dignity enabling him to move from the lighter tone at the start of the film to the serious one later on. Joan Bennett is a breezy delight as a practitioner of the world’s oldest profession although the Hayes office ludicrously insisted she have a sewing machine in the corner of her room to make it appear she’s a seamstress. She did some of her best work in Lang films, he was a tough director but she was herself a straight shooter who had no problem giving as good as she got enabling them to work well together through four films.
The man hunter
‘Man Hunt’ had all the ingredients to be a great film. It had a great director on board in Fritz Lang, whose best work was very influential. It had immensely talented actors in it, have always loved George Sanders and Walter Pidgeon was also a fine actor (Joan Bennett was a bright spot in a good deal of her work). Alfred Newman was one of the best film composers of the 30s-50s and Arthur Miller was a great cinematographer, ‘Song of Bernadette’ for instance still is striking in its visuals.
While ‘Man Hunt’ is very much well worth watching and almost everything cited above comes over very well (though all did a lot better before and since), part of me does wish it was better than it was. It could easily have been great considering what it had going for it, but it only turned out to be a little above average and a stronger second half and a more consistently executed story would have helped it immensely. Also the source material is well worth reading, but if you love the book and haven’t seen the film yet but plan to be prepared for a lot of unfaithfulness in detail and in spirit. On its own though, and it is best to judge it on its own terms without comparing, ‘Man Hunt’ really isn’t a bad way at all to pass the time.
Visually, ‘Man Hunt’ looks great. It’s handsomely designed which is enhanced by the eerily shadowy lighting and Miller’s cinematography that is gritty and shadowy yet also luminous. Newman may not be at his finest, but it complements well and one recognises his style from anywhere. Especially standing out of the whole music score are actually the recurring themes, an instrumental version of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and the ominous recurring theme for the Germans. Lang directs with skill and generates some nice tension.
The script is tight and intriguing and while the story is uneven, enough of it is compelling and suspenseful. The brilliant opening and an exciting climax stand out. The characters may not be complex but carry the narrative well. Was worried initially about miscasting upon hearing of the film, but actually most of the cast come off very well. Was not sure before watching as to whether Pidgeon would have the intensity for the lead role, with it being different from his previous roles, to my relief in his best moments he seared in it. Had no doubt though that Sanders would be perfect as his character, it was one that played brilliantly to his strengths and he is chillingly sinister in it. John Carradine also gives one the chills.
Bennett didn’t work quite as well for me however. She does credibly in making her character likeable but there are points too where she tries much harder than necessary. Others have commented negatively on her accent, she gives it a noble go but yeah it is far from great (proof that Cockney accents are not easy to do if not cockney, from my experience watching films and plays/musicals the accent can be over-exaggerated, the case with Bennett, or sounds too Australian). She and Pidgeon don’t have enough chemistry and their romantic scenes really slow the film down, at worst they are quite tedious.
As said too, while with enough fine moments, the story is uneven. At its worst in the scenes between Pidgeon and Bennett, but the second half suffers from being too over-complicated to the point of not always being coherent and some of it is implausibly ridiculous to the extreme. It is a shame because of the amount of promise it and the film had.
In summary, worth watching but somewhat disappointing. 6.5/10
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller
Director Fritz Lang
Writer Geoffrey Household, Dudley Nichols, Lamar Trotti
Actors Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,752.35 m (10 reels) (USA)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm