The Glass Wall is a 1953 film, starring Vittorio Gassman and Gloria Grahame, that's part of the same DVD set as Bad For Each Other. It's a 2 disc, 4 movie set called Bad Girls Of Film Noir. So far the girls aren't very bad and Bad For Each Other is hardly noir. I got this disc at the library and have the second disc in the set on the way. For unknown reasons the library will put some multi disc sets out as separate DVDs to borrow and other multi disc sets are available complete. It doesn't matter if it's a film set or a TV set. It's one of these things that I'm sort of curious about but really don't want to know why because that information would spoil the mystery. The Glass Wall is written by Ivan Tors and Maxwell Shane. Tors produced and Shane directed. Tors would go on to produce a lot of TV programs and Shane wrote a lot of low-budget pictures. Some of them might be good but I don't remember seeing any of them.
I've never been a fan of Gassman, not for any negative reason, I just don't have any interest in his US film, because they are mostly dramas, and haven't seen hardly anything of his Italian work. He's pretty good here. Gloria Grahame can be seen in several good films including It's a Wonderful Life and Song Of The Thin Man.
Vittorio plays a Hungarian who has stowed away on a ship to America. He wants to come to America but they won't let him in because he broke the law getting here. He claims that he qualifies for entry under an exception for those who helped Allied soldiers during the war. He was in a concentration camp and after he escaped he helped a US paratrooper hide from the Germans. All he knows about the man is that his name is Tom and he's a clarinet player who lives in New York City. It's not good enough for the authorities and they plan to send him back. He escapes and has an adventure in New York City.
Vittorio helps Gloria escape from the police when she tries to steal a coat from a coat rack in a café. She lets him rest in her room in a rooming house. The landlady wants her back rent and Vittorio gives her the last of his money. When he goes to leave he falls and Gloria takes him back inside. The landlady, snooping on the stairs, sees and later her drunken stupid son comes by to cause trouble. Vittorio knocks him out and they escape. All through the night the pair run about NYC looking for Tom. The police are also looking for Vittorio and they dog his every step. There had been an article on Vittorio's deportation in the paper and that helps out in the end.
There's a pretty engaging story, some good actors and plenty of 1950's street life in New York. It's a nice tight story that moves along pretty speedily. It more than makes up for the rather familiar Bad For Each Other. I'll be getting along to those other two movies as soon as the library coughs them up.