Johnny Cash's "This Side of the Law" plays as Sheriff Tawes (Gregory Peck) inspects the McCain property then scolds Alma (Tuesday Weld) in I Walk the Line, 1970.
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Even many avid noir fans (including me) had never heard of "This Side of the Law" from 1950 until WB Archive made it available recently. Last night I watched it for the first time. I'd rate it 6.5 if I could (equivalent to 2.6/4), and that means it's about average, where average means pretty good or watchable. Film noir fans will definitely want to see it and will come away pleased to add another such film to the existing set of noir classics.
Running only 70 minutes, it's a second feature or B-movie, and so it lacks the more detailed character developments of a main feature. But it has plenty of plot twists among sophisticated and well-dressed and well-spoken people who are mostly on the OTHER side of the law, if this side means the lawful side. When you have people who are supposedly upper class or in professional occupations or dressed to kill scrambling to get $3 million by the worst of means, their demeanor conflicts with their motives and behavior. And things get interesting.
The plot revolves around an impersonation. Impersonations are always tricky. I like Kent Smith in all his movies (such as The Fountainhead and Cat People). He does well here to portray a man willing to cross the line but not by too much. He has an intelligently-written part. Janis Page makes a good femme fatale, outdone by the slick lawyer Robert Douglas. The director kept a subdued tone overall with nice touches here and there cinematically. No one overacts, which is why the film remains fresh.
The film is told in flashback that eventually merges into present time. Smith's predicament creates suspense.