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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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Cast

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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Trivia

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

Goofs

Right at the beginning, when Dr Craig's reflection is seen on the mirror, the dark line behind him is a shadow from either the camera or a boom mic, as it moves when the camera pulls away. 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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Jean Gillie is an awesome Femme Fatale in this sci-fi flavored Noir.
8 April 2000 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

(April, 2000): Just saw a rare print at the American Cinematheque Noir festival and the film knocked my socks off. As evidenced by this performance, Jean Gillie would have been one of the greats of Noir had she not died in 1949. She powers through this film, getting man after man to do her bidding, never taking no for an answer. And the obstacles that would stop a lesser character don't bother her in the least. The problem confronting her: her boyfriend is on death row. Only he knows where $400,000 from a robbery is. And she uses her feminine wiles to persuade him, and two other men, to discern the location of that dough because, *she wants that money.* Even the gas chamber doesn't slow her down ... which is where the slight sci-fi element is introduced. If this turns up on late-night video, set your VCR. You will be amazed.


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