My Favorite Richard Fleischer Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Mandingo (1975)

2.   The Narrow Margin (1952)

3.   The Boston Strangler (1968)

4.   10 Rillington Place (1971)

5.   The Vikings (1958)

6.   20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Compulsion (1959)

2.   The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955)

3.   Violent Saturday (1955)

4.   So This Is New York (1948)

11 thoughts on “My Favorite Richard Fleischer Films

  1. 10 Rillington Place is such a classic film. Definitely one of Attenborough’s standout performances. (Along with Brighton Rock) I have watched it perhaps a dozen times, and never tire of it. A young John Hurt stole his scenes too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I enjoyed The Narrow Margin. I had seen the Gene Hackman version, not realising it was a remake. As often happens, the original did it best.

  3. Like Paul and Thom and you too, John, I’m a big fan of The Narrow Margin. It is so taunt and cleaver. A lean, mean machine. Masterful direction. Terrific acting, especially Marie Windsor, I think. It is my favorite Fleisher film.
    Then, I would have to go with The Boston Strangler. It has one of the best split screen sequences in cinematic history, I think. It too, is a wonderfully acted movie. Too me, it is one of the most terrifying films ever made.
    And then I would go with Compulsion. Orson Wells was phenomenal in it.
    I really love Richard Fleisher. He and Sidney Lumet are very compatible directors.

  4. The Narrow Margin is superb low-budget filmmaking! My favorite of his films. I also admire Violent Saturday and 10 Rillington Place.

  5. I totally agree on Fleischer’s direction on The Narrow Margin. I mean he keeps it tightly plotted for it’s minimum running time of 72 minutes without a trace of flab. As you know, I also love The Boston Strangler and whenever I think of it’s split-screen technique, I think of Brian De Palma, who would employ that in his films. Boston Strangler is terrifying as well. And yes, Orson Welles was phenomenal in Compulsion. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. The Narrow Margin is my favorite of Fleischer’s film noirs and no frame is wasted throughout it’s 72-minute running time. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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