Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Shhh! I'm reading Rogue Justice

I was reading my DVD Savant newsletter this morning and lo and behold they reviewed "Man Hunt," a 1941 film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Walter Pidgeon and Joan Bennett. It caught my eye because I watched the film recently. After reading "Rogue Male" by Geoffrey Household I had to see the movie based on the book. Maybe if I hadn't read the book first I would have enjoyed the movie more. It was a bold political statement for the time and certainly worth a viewing but I was disappointed that it deviated from Household's story. The addition of Joan Bennett's character and the comedic overtones didn't do it justice. If you want to read the Savant's review check it out here: Man Hunt.

The DVD is available at Amazon - Man Hunt

At the same time I watched "Rogue Male," filmed in 1976 for British television. It was directed by Clive Donner and stars Peter O'Toole and Alastair Sim. I liked it much better. Although not as detailed as the novel, it stayed much closer to the story.

The DVD is available at Amazon - Rogue Male

"Rogue Justice" is Geoffrey Household's follow-up to "Rogue Male." The story is dated but after relishing the first book I have to read the sequel. Review to follow of course.



C. B. James said...

I loved Rogue Male but did not know there was a movie of it, let alone two. I'll have to check them out. Honestly, the hero spends so much time alone in his "cave" that I'm surprised anyone wanted to make a movie of it.

It just didn't seem like a movie to me.

Here's my review:

Gail said...

I visited your blog (great review!) I'll add you to my blog roll.
I reviewed
Rogue Male
as well.

In Man Hunt they cut down on the cave time and threw Joan Bennett in to add some romance.