Black Book ('49)

Black Book ('49)

Director: Anthony Mann Cast: Robert Cummings, Arlene Dahl, Richard Hart


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Also known as Reign of Terror, The Black Book is a bold effort by director Anthony Mann to film a French Revolution epic on a "B" detective picture budget. Robert Cummings stars as Charles D'Aubigny, who has been engaged by a group of political moderates to retrieve a little black book from Revolutionary leader Robespierre (Richard Basehart). The book allegedly contains evidence that Robespierre has been acting in his own interest rather than on behalf of the new government. D'Aubigny is compelled to deal with the tangible threat of Robespierre's chief henchman (Charles McGraw) as well as his uncertainty concerning the loyalties of those working with him. The Black Book is retrieved, but not before Robespierre has self-destructed on his own. The cheapness of The Black Book works in its favor, especially its overuse of shadows; while this photographic device was intended to disguise the seediness of the sets, it accurately conveys a "dark" period in French history that here is literally as well as figuratively dark.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827113323
Original Release: 1949
Source: Reel Vault

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Cummings Charles D'Aubigny
Arlene Dahl Madelon
Richard Hart Francois Barras
Arnold Moss Fouche
Richard Basehart Maximilien Robespierre
Jess Barker Saint Just
Norman Lloyd Tallien
Wade Crosby Danton
William Challee Bourdon
Georgette Windsor Cecile
Charles McGraw Sergeant
Ellen Lowe Farmer's Wife
John Doucette Farmer
Frank Conlan Gatekeeper
Beulah Bondi Farm Wife

Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Fred Allen Editor
John Alton Cinematographer
Edward Ilou Art Director
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Edward Lasker Associate Producer
Aeneas MacKenzie Original Story,Screenwriter
Armor E. Marlowe Set Decoration/Design
William Cameron Menzies Producer
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Ern Westmore Makeup
Philip Yordan Original Story,Screenwriter

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