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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (written for the screen by)
J.H. Wallis (novel)
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Release Date:
3 November 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It was the look in her eyes that made him think of murder. See more »
Plot:
When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Fritz Lang Winner (almost!) See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward G. Robinson ... Professor Richard Wanley

Joan Bennett ... Alice Reed

Raymond Massey ... Dist. Atty. Frank Lalor
Edmund Breon ... Dr. Michael Barkstane
Dan Duryea ... Heidt / Tim, the Doorman
Thomas E. Jackson ... Inspector Jackson, Homicide Bureau
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Wanley
Arthur Loft ... Claude Mazard / Frank Howard / Charlie the Hatcheck Man
Frank Dawson ... Collins, the Steward
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Adrian ... Streetwalker (uncredited)
Austin Badell ... Club Member (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Man at Club (uncredited)
James Beasley ... Man in Taxi (uncredited)
Al Benault ... Club Member (uncredited)

Robert Blake ... Dickie Wanley (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Onlooker at Gallery (uncredited)
Carol Cameron ... Elsie Wanley (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Blonde (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Police Driver (uncredited)
Freddie Chapman ... Boy with Mother (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Garage Man (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Toll Collector on Henry Hudson Parkway (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Police Officer Dillon (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Calvin Emery ... Newsreel Camerman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Fred Fuceton ... Club Member (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Fred, the District Attorney's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Club Steward (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
James Harrison ... Club Steward (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Pharmacist (uncredited)
William J. Holmes ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Fred Hueston ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Jack W. Johnston ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... First Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Lawrence Lathrop ... Pageboy (uncredited)
Ann Loos ... Stenographer (uncredited)
William Lyer ... Pageboy (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)

George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Boy Scout who finds Mazard's Body (uncredited)
Joel McGinnis ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Harold McNulty ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Charles Meakin ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Frank Melton ... Onlooker at Gallery (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Charlie the Garage Helper (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Ralph Norwood ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Mother by Elevator (uncredited)
Louis Payne ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Dave Pepper ... Club Member (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... William the Headwaiter (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Club Manager (uncredited)
Roy Seager ... Club Member (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Captain Kennedy (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Ruth Valmy ... Magazine Model (uncredited)
Lane Watson ... Man by Taxi (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (written for the screen by)

J.H. Wallis (novel "Once Off Guard")

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Lange 
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Bruno Mason (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner  (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Marjorie Fowler  (as Marjorie Johnson)
Thomas Pratt (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron 
 
Costume Design by
Muriel King 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Harlan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank McWhorter .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Paul K. Lerpae .... special effects (as Paul Lerpae)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... process photography (as Vernon Walker)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Davis .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Henderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Weatherwax .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hugo Friedhofer .... musical director (uncredited)
Earl B. Mounce .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Milton W. Smith .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
107 min | 99 min (TCM print)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Sweden:15 | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Was based loosely on J.H. Wallis' 1942 novel, "Once Off Guard".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Wanley is hurrying back into the apartment through the rain, his hat and coat are clearly soaked. In the next shot, when he is inside, his clothes are considerably less rain-soaked than before.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Richard Wanley:[lecturing] The Biblical injunction "Thou shalt not kill" is one that requires qualification in view of our broader knowledge of impulses behind homicide. The various legal categories such as first and second degree murder, the various degrees of homicide, manslaughter, are civilized recognitions of impulses of various degrees of culpability. The man who kills in self defense, for instance, must not be judged by the same standards applied to the man who kills for gain.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Daisy Kenyon (1947)See more »

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How is this film connected to "Scarlet Street" (1945)?
Why is "Scarlet Street" (1945) so much more readily available than this film?
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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Fritz Lang Winner (almost!), 5 February 2002
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

Herr Lang has another winner here with the same cast that he used in "Scarlet Street" in 1946.....wonderful portrayals from all concerned. In both films, Edward G. is caught up in a situation that traps him and forces him to make decisions that go against his sense of morality. Joan Bennett is gorgeous as the beautiful woman who ensnares Robinson in her troubles. Dan Duryea again proves that he was one hell of an actor.....he was stereotyped throughout his career in roles in which he was a coward, a weakling and a thoroughly unlikeable guy and nobody played it better. The story line is gripping and you feel as trapped as Edward G. BUT, it is that ending!!!!! Lang never was one for the easy out but here he must have been desperate to tie up all the loose ends and come up with a believable solution...so he tacks on the worst ending since the Bobby Ewing/Dallas explanation! I was disappointed that he would stoop to something so pat (and he is one of my favorite directors). This film could go down as a true classic and should have except for the ending....that knocked it right off the list. Still, it is very much worth watching and I would recommend it to all who love film noir.

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