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Decoy (1946)

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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 ...
Frankie Olins
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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14 September 1946 (USA)  »

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A Mulher Dillinger  »

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Trivia

Methylene blue is a real chemical compound, discovered in 1896 (by Heinrich Caro), which does indeed have the ability to counteract cyanide poisoning. This property was discovered in 1933 by Dr. Matilda Moldenhauer Brooks of San Francisco. It will not, however, restore life to those who have died from cyanide poisoning. See more »

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In Dr. Craig's office, when his nurse is walking toward him and expressing concern about his decision to abandon his practice for the weekend, the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen crossing the cloth screen next to the nurse. See more »

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Margot Shelby: Do you remember the first time I came to see you in your office? Your dingy, gloomy office in that dingy dirty street, the rotten smell of the factory chimneys pressing down on the shabby little houses, the slovenly old women, the gray-faced dirty little children starting out with everything against them. I remember that street.
Dr. Craig: Do you love me?
Margot Shelby: Yes, but I can't forget your street. I remember every little thing about it, and if I had never seen it, I still could have described it because that ...
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A really focused lady
15 August 2007 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

A bit far fetched and a little wooden in places this is nevertheless such an excellent story that it is simply irresistible. Stunning performance from Jean Gillie as the femme fatale, par excellence, with no less than all four of the leading men in awe. Apparently we get to see little else from this enigmatic lady because she marries the director, divorces shortly after the film's release and dies within 3 years. Shame because such promise here with a really solid and uncompromising turn. A really focused lady, she doesn't even blink as others die around her and movie's false and real endings are priceless. Great entertainment all the way.


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