REVIEW – The Fallen Sparrow (1943)
“To shoot people, sweetheart!”
And with those words… my heart soared with joy.
Richard Wallace’s The Fallen Sparrow is very much an overlooked gem. One of a series of novels by Dorothy B. Hughes that were adapted for the screen during the hey-day of the film noir, The Fallen Sparrow is a demented psychological thriller in which a tortured veteran of the Spanish Civil War cuts a swathe through New York high society as he attempts to solve the (possible) murder of the man who helped him escape the clutches of the Gestapo. As the veteran moves from reconnecting with his old friends and into a world of sinister academics and crusading noblemen, the lines between reality and delusion blur and then finally disappear. Boasting a fantastic script and some rather surprising performances, The Fallen Sparrow deserves its place in cinema history.
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