Highest Rated Feature Films Released 1952-01-01 to 1952-12-31 With At Least 1000 Votes


1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

2. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.3
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

3. The Life of Oharu (1952)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

8.2
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Writers: Saikaku Ihara, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda | Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune

4. Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

8.2
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92 Metascore

A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Writer: Cesare Zavattini | Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova

5. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Thriller, Western

8.1
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89 Metascore

A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

Writers: Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

6. Limelight (1952)

Approved | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.1
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A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.

Writer: Charles Chaplin | Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

7. Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

116 min | Drama

8.0
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A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

Writers: Kôgo Noda, Yasujirô Ozu | Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Kôji Tsuruta, Chishû Ryû

8. The Quiet Man (1952)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Maurice Walsh | Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

9. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Unrated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

Writers: Charles Schnee, George Bradshaw | Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell

10. Le Plaisir (1952)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women - pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme ... See full summary »

Writers: Guy de Maupassant, Jacques Natanson, Max Ophüls | Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Simone Simon, Claude Dauphin

11. 5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.9
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During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

Writers: Michael Wilson, L.C. Moyzisch | Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden

12. Forbidden Games (1952)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, War

7.9
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A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death.

Writers: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, François Boyer, René Clément | Director: René Clément | Stars: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée, Laurence Badie

13. Casque d'Or (1952)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.9
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In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie, aka "Casque d'Or" (Golden Helmet) meets Manda, a carpenter. Her man Roland belongs ... See full summary »

Writers: Jacques Becker, Jacques Companéez | Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussières

14. Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

Writers: Ketti Frings, William Inge | Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, Richard Jaeckel

15. Othello (1952)

90 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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The general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with one of his officers Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter lieutenant named Iago.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier

16. The Narrow Margin (1952)

Not Rated | 71 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.8
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A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Writers: Earl Felton, Martin Goldsmith, Jack Leonard | Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Gordon Gebert

17. The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Richard Wattis, Michael Denison, Walter Hudd

18. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

107 min | Comedy

7.7
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In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired ... See full summary »

Writers: Giovanni Guareschi, Julien Duvivier, René Barjavel | Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi

19. The Lusty Men (1952)

113 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.6
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Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.

Writers: David Dortort, Horace McCoy, Claude Stanush | Directors: Nicholas Ray, Robert Parrish | Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, Arthur Hunnicutt

20. Scaramouche (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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18th century France. A man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.

Writers: Ronald Millar, George Froeschel, Rafael Sabatini | Director: George Sidney | Stars: Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Mel Ferrer

21. Europe '51 (1952)

Approved | 113 min | Drama

7.6
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need ... See full summary »

Writers: Roberto Rossellini, Sandro De Feo, Mario Pannunzio, Ivo Perilli, Brunello Rondi | Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Ettore Giannini, Giulietta Masina

22. Viva Zapata! (1952)

113 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.

Writer: John Steinbeck | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

23. Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.5
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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

Writers: Lenore J. Coffee, Robert Smith, Edna Sherry | Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett

24. Carrie (1952)

118 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and ... See full summary »

Writers: Theodore Dreiser, Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins, Eddie Albert

25. Bend of the River (1952)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.4
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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them.

Writers: Borden Chase, William Gulick | Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy, Jay C. Flippen

26. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Writers: George Bruce, Harry Essex, Harold Greene, Rowland Brown | Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

27. Fan-Fan the Tulip (1952)

Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

7.4
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69 Metascore

Swashbuckling adventures of young army recruit Fanfan la Tulipe during the reign of King Louis XV in 18th century France.

Writers: René Wheeler, René Fallet, Christian-Jaque, Henri Jeanson | Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcel Herrand, Olivier Hussenot

28. The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure ... See full summary »

Writer: Roland Kibbee | Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok, Torin Thatcher

29. Angel Face (1952)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Oscar Millard, Chester Erskine | Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall

30. O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

7.3
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John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

Writers: Lamar Trotti, Richard L. Breen, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Walter Bullock | Directors: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger

31. Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)

105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A lawyer whose wife has had an affair sets out to leave her by flying to LA. He becomes ever more involved in the lives of a few fellow travelers on a journey that ends up showing him as much about himself as about the others.

Writers: Nunnally Johnson, I.A.R. Wylie | Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Bette Davis, Shelley Winters, Gary Merrill, Michael Rennie

32. The Star (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Writers: Dale Eunson, Katherine Albert | Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson

33. The White Sheik (1952)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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During a day in their honeymoon a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces.

Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano | Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste

34. My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Mystery, Romance, Drama

7.2
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A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.

Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Daphne Du Maurier | Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire

35. Moulin Rouge (1952)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Writers: Pierre La Mure, Anthony Veiller, John Huston | Director: John Huston | Stars: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Colette Marchand, Suzanne Flon

36. Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Writers: Alfred Hayes, Clifford Odets | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe

37. Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi.

Writer: Richard Brooks | Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley

38. Room for One More (1952)

98 min | Comedy

7.2
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A fairly well-to-do family takes in 2 troubled orphans since no one else will take them.

Writers: Jack Rose, Melville Shavelson, Anna Perrot Rose | Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle, Randy Stuart

39. The World in His Arms (1952)

104 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.2
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Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco. Events separate them, but after an exciting ... See full summary »

Writers: Borden Chase, Horace McCoy, Rex Beach | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn, John McIntire

40. The Golden Coach (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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In Peru in the eighteenth century. Camilla, the star of a theater company, hesitates between three men. The Viceroy gives her his magnificent golden coach. A young Spanish officer suggests ... See full summary »

Writers: Jean Renoir, Jack Kirkland, Renzo Avanzo, Giulio Macchi, Ginette Doynel, Prosper Mérimée | Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Dante

41. Waiting Women (1952)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Rakel, Marta, Karin and Annette are married to four brothers. While waiting in a summer cottage for their husbands to come home, they tell each other stories about their marriages. Rakel ... See full summary »

Writers: Ingmar Bergman, Gun Grut | Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Anita Björk, Eva Dahlbeck, Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten

42. Lost in Alaska (1952)

76 min | Comedy, Adventure

7.2
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Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder, they travel with the prospector to Alaska to help ... See full summary »

Writers: Elwood Ullman, Martin Ragaway, Leonard Stern | Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Mitzi Green, Tom Ewell

43. The Big Sky (1952)

Approved | 140 min | Drama, Western

7.1
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The success of the journey focuses on keeping the Indian girl alive as well as themselves to complete trade with the Blackfeet.

Writers: Dudley Nichols, A.B. Guthrie Jr. | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt, Arthur Hunnicutt

44. The Sniper (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.

Writers: Harry Brown, Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Arthur Franz, Adolphe Menjou, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor

45. Son of Paleface (1952)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.1
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Junior Potter returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found. "Mike" is the luscious head of a gang of thieves, and Roy Barton is the federal marshal hot on her trail.

Writers: Frank Tashlin, Robert L. Welch, Joseph Quillan | Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers, Trigger

46. The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure

7.0
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An Englishman vacationing in a Ruritarian kingdom is recruited to impersonate his cousin, the soon-to-be-crowned king when the monarch is drugged and kidnapped.

Writers: John L. Balderston, Noel Langley, Wells Root, Anthony Hope, Edward E. Rose, Donald Ogden Stewart | Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer

47. Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Writers: Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, I.A.L. Diamond, Harry Segall | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

48. Pat and Mike (1952)

95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.0
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Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her.

Writers: Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Aldo Ray, William Ching

49. Carbine Williams (1952)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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This is the story of David Marshall 'Marsh' Williams, the real life inventor of the world famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in WWII. It all started when Marsh, who was one to do ... See full summary »

Writer: Art Cohn | Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Hagen, Wendell Corey, Carl Benton Reid

50. Rancho Notorious (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Western

7.0
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A western based on the story "Gunsight Whitman" by Silvia Richards. Vern Haskell, a nice rancher, seeks out to avenge his fiancé's death when she is killed during a robbery. His revenge ... See full summary »

Writers: Daniel Taradash, Silvia Richards | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer, Gloria Henry