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Green for Danger (1946)

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NOTE: This commentary was also available on the Criterion edition laserdisc

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Film historian Bruce Eder Rating:8.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on June 5th, 2007:Find all reviews by Glenn Hopp
The DVD in the Criterion Collection series has the same commentary that appeared on the laser disc, so I'll comment on the DVD since it usually takes sooooo long to have a new DVD added to the data base here.

The first half of the commentary is slightly better than the second half. It blends interpretive material about the film and the way the film is shot with background information about the participants (their lives and careers). The second half relies more heavily on this background material. Nevertheless, Bruce Eder makes his comments, even the most informational ones, interesting. He is especially good at making comparisons between the film and the novel on which it is based. He is also good (especially in the first half) at calling attention to little lines of dialogue that are especially sharp and witty and easily missed. One of these occurs when an anesthetist shows a police inspector the operating room where a murder occurred. He points out a cannister of nitrous oxide. "Oh, yes--like what the dentist gives you--laughing gas," the inspector says. "Right," says the doctor. "Actually, the impurities cause the laughs." And the inspector quickly replies: "Just like in the music halls." (What a good and useful theory about comedy, I thought. When we laugh, it is usually some little impurity of life that is making us smile.)