Touch Of Evil

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(out of 5)


High on the list of 1950s classics is this genius film noir by  (who only made it because of a contractual obligation).   plays a Mexican police officer (better than you’d expect) whose impending marriage to an earnest  is interrupted by his investigation of a dangerously corrupt cop (Welles).   has an excellent cameo as a woman with a few secrets, the photography is perfectly moody, and the script taut to perfection. Leigh stands out in the first of two memorable roles that required her to demand lodging at the nearest motel (and she gets physically harmed both times–some people just never learn!) Look for  as one of the male (?) teenage thugs who just can’t wait to see their gang leader rape Leigh in her motel bed.


Universal International Pictures

USA, 1958

Directed by

Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel Badge of Evil by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,


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