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100 Years of Movies in 100 Days – Day 49 – Touch of Evil (1958)

Charlton Heston squares off against Orson Welles in "Touch of Evil"

Charlton Heston squares off against Orson Welles in "Touch of Evil"

Everytime I watch Touch of Evil, I always feel dirty, like I need to take a shower to wash the filth off of me. I don’t know if it’s just the atmoshpere of the story, seeing Janet Leigh get harassed and drugged or the obese Orson Welles and the racist, unethical character he portrays.

For those who have never seen this classic crime drama with heavy social/racial/ethnic undertones, it’s truly one not to be missed. It may be a bit over-the-top in it’s racism, but it’s still very well made. And to think the studios wanted to have Welles alter the movie because it didn’t meet their standards. (Welles wrote a 58-page letter pleading for the movie to be shown as he intended.)

Chartlon Heston is, for the most part believable as a hgih-ranking Mexican official who eventually brings Welles’ dirty cop to his knees… well, that is unless he tries to speak Spanish. lines like, “Contesta en Spanish,” don’t help matters, but he does a decent job.

I can’t believe I’m closing in on Day 50! Wow, halfway thru! This time in November, I’ll be all done, planning my trip to Hawaii and gorging on holiday feasts (and all that pie!) Day 50 video update to come soon. Hopefully Sunday.

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