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JEAN GABIN IN 'MOONTIDE' WITH THOMAS MITCHELL & IDA LUPINO

Jean Gabin in MOONTIDE Year: 1942 Rating: ***1/2

Begins with an intentionally surreal barroom scene with the headless body of pouting-lipped barfly Penny Raymond with her head speaking a few feet away as our hero Jean Gabin reaches for a beer, trying to communicate with the torso... 

This during a night of blackout drinking; after which he feels falsely responsible for a murder heard about the next day, and there's a twist...

Thomas Mitchell is Gabin's partner, keeping him on a blackmail tightrope because of a likewise strangling murder that happened years earlier... Which only randomly gets in the way of perhaps the breeziest romance in Noirish Melodrama history. After rescuing Ida Lupino from drowning, Gabin's Bo Bo takes her to the live-bait waterfront shack (a wonderfully subtle set) where he'd started work counting fish. A hollow yet optimistic existence with only a dog by side, and, throw in a bizarre, philosophizing and existential sidekick in Claude Rains, not much really happens but it's nice seeing Gabin doing just that. 

Jean Gabin in MOONTIDE
Jean Gabin in MOONTIDE with Robin Raymond

Jean Gabin in MOONTIDE with headless Robin Raymond
Jean Gabin in MOONTIDE with Robin Raymond
Thomas Mitchell in MOONTIDE
Jean Gabin in MOONTIDE

Jean Gabin in MOONTIDE from the Fox DVD Set with Ida Lupino
Jean Gabin and his faithful dog (who doesn't die) in MOONTIDE
Rich sailor passing by in Jerome Cowan and Helene Reynolds from MOONTIDE
Ida Lupino in MOONTIDE
Ida Lupino in MOONTIDE with Jean Gabin
Ida Lupino and Jean Gabin in MOONTIDE
Thomas Mitchell's the bad penny in MOONTIDE

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