Noose (1948) – reviewed by George

While imdb.com lists this film as “The Silk Noose”, the title given on my Region 2 DVD is simply “Noose”. And it is a British film.
A post-WW II gangster film, “Noose” pits an Italian immigrant to London, Sugiani (Joseph Calleia), who has taken over many criminal enterprises, mostly black market, by force and made himself rich, against an American immigrant, Linda Medbury (Carole Landis), who wrote crime stories for her newspaper in Chicago, but in London is her paper’s Fashion Editor longing to get back to exposing men not thought of as gangsters. When she finds out from an exploited woman, Annie Foss (Ruth Nixon), about Sugiani, she goes to her editor, who says, “I didn’t bring you all this way across the Atlantic to write me stories about gangsters. We don’t have any over here.” But Linda and Sugiani will battle each other to the death, both losing people they care about along the way.
Linda is engaged to Capt. “Jumbo” Hyde (Derek Farr), who does not want her risking her life over what he thinks of as small potatoes, but he will recruit a small army to help her when the danger ramps up, and he will tell his men that they are part of “Operation Noose” to draw a noose around Sugiani, not “Operation Silk Noose”. Linda also gets help from Inspector Kendall of Scotland Yard (Stanley Holloway from “My Fair Lady”).
Dramatic, exciting, and mostly believable, this is a fast-paced, well-acted tale that captures your interest and then doesn’t let go.
Screenplay by Richard Llewellyn based on his play, and directed by Edmond T. Greville.
NOTE: American book publishers and movie executives really have a knack for changing titles of British properties. “Murder on the Calais Coach” becomes “Murder on the Orient Express” and then stays that way through several remakes, despite the fact that the train is headed westbound from Istanbul to Calais, not the other way around. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” becomes “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone”, even though the concept of a philosopher’s stone has been around since about 300 A.D. as a thing capable of turning base metals into gold, and the sorcerer’s stone is a meaningless substitute.

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