Re: RARA-AVIS: Touch of Evil

Date: 03 Mar 2005


Re your comments below:

> I understand this movie comes near the end of the
> "classic" noir movies. I checked the imdb site to
> make sure the movie was on-topic. Evidently it is
> adapted from a book by Whit Masterson by the same
> name.

Masterson's book was called BADGE OF EVIL. There may have been a "movie edition" of the book that used the film title, but TOUCH OF EVIL was not what the novel was originally called.

I quite like Heston as Mike Vargas. Maybe Gilbert Roland or Ricardo Montalbon (who'd played an Hispanic Boston cop in MYSTERY STREET) would have been more appropriate choices, but I think Heston did a fine job, maybe not as a Mexican, but as a honest, dedicated, and somewhat self-righteous cop.

I think if he'd been designated as a Mexican-American rather than a Mexican, there'd be fewer negative comments about his performance.


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