Film Review: Behind Green Lights (1946)

Release Date: February 15th, 1946
Directed by: Otto Brower
Written by: Charles G. Booth, Scott Darling
Cast: Carole Landis, William Gargan

Twentieth Century Fox, 64 Minutes


“Gosh. I hope I don’t pull any boners.” – Johnny Williams

I wanted to show some love to some lesser known film-noir pictures here, in the month of Noirvember. What’s cool about these mostly forgotten noir flicks is that there are literally hundreds of them for free on YouTube.

The story starts when a police lieutenant finds a corpse with bullet holes in a car sitting in front of the police station. An investigation starts and we learn that there was some sort of political motivation to the killing.

The first few minutes of the film were intriguing and a decent setup. However, the rest of the movie was a slog to get through. Mostly, it was dull, kind of uneventful despite a decent paced plot progression and it lacked the panache of the classic film-noir style.

Even though this was made by Paramount, it felt cheap, rushed and it was obvious that it was made with the intention of slapping it on a double bill with a better picture.

Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that a movie has to be bad and this isn’t bad. It’s just sort of meh.

Often times, the B-pictures on the double bill actually exceed the A-pictures they are paired with. Now I’m not sure what this film was paired up with, as there surprisingly isn’t a lot of information on it.

I can’t quite call this a waste of time but there are probably two-hundred noir pictures I’d recommend before it.

Rating: 5.25/10
Pairs well with: other lesser known noir pictures like Blonde Ice, Inner Sanctum, Please Murder Me! and The Pretender.