Le Piege (1958)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Le Piege (The Trap) top-bills Raf Vallone as a likeable fugitive from justice. Protected from arrest by big-hearted waitress Magali Noel, Vallone manages to elude the law long enough to begin a legit job as a truckdriver. When Noel's boss learns the truth about Vallone's past, he blackmails the couple to ensure his silence. Any character who thinks he can get away with extortion in a film noir of this nature all but has "MURDER VICTIM" tattooed on his forehead. Compactly produced and consummately acted, Le Piege is a satisfying second-echelon thriller.