Cinema: The New Pictures, Sep. 21, 1953

Desperate Moment (J. Arthur Rank; Universal-International) tries to do for West Berlin what The Third Man did so successfully for Vienna. Refugee Dirk Bogarde has confessed to a murder he did not commit because he thinks he has nothing left to live for. But as soon as he begins serving his life term, his long-lost girl friend (Mai Zetterling) turns up. Breaking out of jail to clear his name, Bogarde is hounded through the rubble-strewn ruins by the police and matches wits with skulking black-marketeers. The film fails because its events are too...

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