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Decoy (1946)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  14 September 1946 (USA)
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A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash.

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Complete credited cast:
Jean Gillie ...
Margot Shelby (as Miss Jean Gillie)
Edward Norris ...
Robert Armstrong ...
Herbert Rudley ...
Dr. Lloyd L. Craig
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Police Sgt. Joe Portugal
Marjorie Woodworth ...
Craig's Nurse
Philip Van Zandt ...
Tommy (as Phil Van Zandt)
Carole Donne ...
Waitress
John Shay ...
Al
Bert Roach ...
Mack - Bartender
Rosemary Bertrand ...
Ruth
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Storyline

Gangster Frank Olins is to die in the gas chamber much to the dismay of his girlfriend Margot Shelby as he is carrying the secret of the location of $400,000 with him. Margot seduces gangster Jim Vincent to get him to engineer the removal of Olins' body from the prison immediately after he dies in the gas chamber. She takes prison doctor Craig away from his nurse/girl friend and gets him to administer an antidote for cyanide gas poisoning. During the removal of Olins' body, the hearse driver is killed by Tommy. The revived Olins gives Margot half of a map showing the money location and Vincent, in a fit of jealousy, kills Olins and takes the other half. Because the doctor's plates on his car will get them through the police roadblocks, Vincent and Margot take him with them on the money hunt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She Treats Men the Way They've Been Treating Women for Years!


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The movie was largely unavailable for viewing from 1970 to 2000, and since its rediscovery has acquired cult status. See more »

Goofs

As shown on the EKG machine in the doctors office, Olins had no heartbeat, so there was no way for the methylene blue to circulate and be effective as it was being administered by a gravity drip IV. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Joe Portugal: [Reading a note] To you who double-crossed me... I leave this dollar for your trouble. The rest of the dough, I leave to the worms.
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A satisfying second feature but no lost classic
30 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Neither Decoy nor its short-lived star Jean Gillie are great rediscoveries waiting to happen, but this Monogram Poverty Row effort makes for a satisfying enough second feature. The plot is absurd – Gillie's displaced British femme fatale romances prison doctor Edward Norris into reviving Robert Armstrong an hour after his execution with 'Methalyn Blue' so she and her partner in crime Herbert Rudley can find out where he buried $400,000 in stolen loot – but even by noir standards Gillie's character is stunningly ruthless as she destroys everyone in her path. But striking moments, such as Armstrong's dazed reaction to his own revival, are few and far between and aside from Sheldon Leonard's cop, charisma and acting ability are in similarly short supply. Norris is a disastrous lead, a zombie-like blank slate long before his character slips into near-catatonic shock for the last third of the film, while as his secretary the startlingly awful Marjorie Woodwarth gives a practical masterclass in the difference between acting and more or less remembering her lines. Still, there's a neat dying kiss off before the payoff and it doesn't outstay its welcome at a brisk 76 minutes.


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