Talk:Touch of Evil

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One of the links at the bottom of the page goes to, and isn't really an "article" per se. Is this okay? Karatloz 12:33, 9 May 2005 (UTC)


This article is badly in need of a cleanup. It reads more as a review of the film or an essay on its subject matter than a POV report. For instance: "Marlene Dietrich as Tanya, a cigar-smoking Mexican gypsy brothel owner with huge beautiful eyes..." "Touch of Evil is rich and ripe with menace and atmosphere..." "Universal International acquiesced with bad grace..." and so on. PBP 04:55, 20 November 2005 (UTC)

I improved the plot section, will work on a director's trademark, etc section later.Xijjix 18:41, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

The synopsis isn't a synopsis -- 21:22, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

'Film firsts'[edit]

I removed the following, which is simply untrue; there's at least one earlier example, in Gun Crazy (1949). The Singing Badger 22:13, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

This was the first film where a driving scene was actually filmed from the driven vehicle. In this scene a convertible is driven at (apparently) very high speed through narrow back alleys, with many cross streets, and not for any particular reason except for the thrill of the danger. The camera was mounted on the hood of the car. Charlton Heston was not only the driver, but the camera operator and sound man.

Added information[edit]

I added information of the Touch of Evil restoration premiere at Cannes being cancelled because of litigation from Welles' daughter Beatrice. I was incredibly surprised that the information was not in the article, as it seems to be an important fact to me. If the one reference isn't enough, I can provide more. Green451 03:45, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

I should also note that I have nothing personal against Beatrice Welles, it just seemed to me that this was a piece of information that should be in the article. Green451 01:32, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

Wasn't Joseph Cotten the Doctor or coronor? not the Detective, as you have him listed..bottom of page. (talk) 17:32, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

yeaaa, you even hear someone say...'here comes the Coroner', and Joseph Cotten appears, big as life onscreen. 2602:304:CDAF:A3D0:BCBE:C467:8C2B:1080 (talk) 03:51, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot 05:00, 11 July 2007 (UTC) The end of Touch of Evil, the Marlene Dietrich scene talking about what a man the Orson Welles character was, is shown at the theater owned by Colin Firth character in Apartment Zero.

Not a Director's Cut[edit]

Welles stated in the 58 page memo that the film was no longer his version - it was the studio's cut, but as such he was willing to help them with it. Someone replace "director's cut" with "posthumous director's cleanup edit of studio version" if you want the truth of the matter. (talk) 00:25, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Widescreen Matting Controversy[edit]

There's been plenty of online articles about the "venetian blind" matting of the picture, which basically cropped the full-frame image released on VHS, but I don't see any mention of the controversy or criticism here. (talk) 00:30, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

What do you mean? This is standard practice with 1.85:1 widescreen films. The film is shot full-frame in-camera, but is composed for widescreen. The picture is then matted in the movie theatre (or the widescreen DVD). The VHS version actually contains more picture than the director intended the viewer to see, which can lead to boom mikes, lights, etc. being seen. See the 35 mm film article's section on widescreen for more information. Green451 (talk) 16:59, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Plot Summary[edit]

I feel that the summary in many cases is badly worded. Also the ending is missing a lot from the movie where Quinlan threatens to frame Vargas. It is alos missing his final lines to Pete, "Pete, thats the second bullet I stopped for you." Also something needs to be said about Tana's final speech. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:08, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Framed suspect was guilty?[edit]

My memory is that at the end of the film, it is reported that the suspect has confessed, that Quinlan was probably right when he said that everyone he'd framed was in fact guilty.

Does that match what other people remember? It does make a difference to the film's implications.--GwydionM (talk) 13:30, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Yes, I just watched it last night (coincidentally), and at the end after Quinlan dies they say that the kid confessed to the bombing. That doesn't mean that Quinlan was right about everyone else though. Not at all. Steven Walling (talk) 20:53, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Quinlan other killing?[edit]

  • In one part of the Movie Quinlan rambles on about how his wife had been strangled . Yet in the movie Quinlan strangles one of his own criminal associates. Does this imply that Quinlan himself killed his wife? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:17, 3 October 2009 (UTC)


Reference available for citing in the article body. Erik (talk) 20:17, 10 January 2010 (UTC)

Remove "This article needs additional citations for verification."[edit]

I added citations for the two assertions flagged as needing them. Can the "article needs citations" notice be removed? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Alan.A.Mick (talkcontribs) 02:42, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

Thanks, I have done so. If anyone finds specific claims dubious they can tag them. μηδείς (talk) 03:32, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

Newly Restored Version of the Film[edit]

EDIT REQUEST The "Differing versions" section now needs to be updated to include a "newly restorded version.

On April 11, 2014 the worldwide premiere of the newly restored 1958 Heston film Touch of Evil took place at the historic Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Ammobox (talk) 00:44, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Janet Leigh Character Raped?[edit]

I have watched TOUCH OF EVIL several times, in its latest version, and strongly question whether there is ever a suggestion that the Janet Leigh character, "Susan Vargas," is raped. Molested, yes, and forced to submit to drug use. But I don't think a rape would have been permitted in a Hollywood picture of this type in 1958.

I also think the figure of the older "Grandi" (Akim Tamiroff) belongs higher up in the article.

SuleymanSchwartzSuleymanSchwartz (talk) 10:35, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

No critical reception section?[edit]

Why is there no info on critical reception, either contemporary or modern, on such an "important" film? It really makes this whole article kinda pointless (sorta like Orson's fatuous epics). 2601:80:C102:27C5:6449:EEFD:2F78:8DA6 (talk) 01:09, 27 March 2017 (UTC)