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15 September 1945 (USA) See more »
Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Good Cop, Bad Cop-----7/10. See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tom Trout ... Police Officer Dennis Nordell
Richard Gaines ... Police Inspector Dana

Anthony Caruso ... Frankie (as Tony Caruso)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Police Academy Graduate (uncredited)
William Challee ... Snorky (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Veteran Policeman Mc Guinnes (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Calvin 'Whitey' Foster (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Police Captain R. C. Johnson (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Police Lab Technician Wilson (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Police Lt. O'Neill (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Ex-Con Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Losey 
Writing credits
Charles F. Royal (story) (as Charles Francis Royal)

Richard H. Landau  (as Richard Landau)

Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No. 46: A Gun in His Hand" - USA (series title)
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19 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10966)


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good Cop, Bad Cop-----7/10., 21 February 2005
Author: Clark Richards from United States

This is the story of a young man who knew what he wanted to be once he graduated from the police academy: a thief. Once Dennis Nordell becomes an officer of the law, his grand scheming falls perfectly into place. Officer Nordell walks his beat through the day and plans robberies of liquor warehouses at night. Because Officer Nordell knows the whereabouts of his fellow officers up to the minute, he can plan without fail many robberies over several weeks.

Once Nordell murders a fellow police officer during a robbery, clues start to fall into place and Nordell starts to head unknowingly into a trap. Police headquarters suspect Nordell, but leave it to Nordell to hang himself while taking charge of the investigation. Nordell complies by tampering with evidence. Nordell goes a step too far by trying to put the finger on a street thug who literally doesn't have the fingers required to leave any fingerprints.

This story plays out like a decaffeinated CSI TV show. You won't have to sit through an hour to see how the robberies get figured out, nor will you have to wade through minutes and minutes of beer and car commercials. Best of all, you won't have to watch guys with perpetual two-day beards in khaki pants solve anything.

It's very dated, but who isn't these days….7/10.

Clark Richards

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