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Writers:
Nedrick Young (screenplay)
Stanley Rubin (story)
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Release Date:
14 September 1946 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
She Treats Men the Way They've Been Treating Women for Years!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jean Gillie ... Margot Shelby (as Miss Jean Gillie)
Edward Norris ... Jim Vincent
Robert Armstrong ... Frank Olins
Herbert Rudley ... Dr. Craig

Sheldon Leonard ... Sgt. Joe Portugal
Marjorie Woodworth ... Nurse
Philip Van Zandt ... Tommy (as Phil Van Zandt)
Carole Donne ... Waitress
John Shay ... Al
Bert Roach ... Bartender
Rosemary Bertrand ... Ruth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walden Boyle ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Policeman (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Kelsey (uncredited)
Madge Crane ... 1st Visitor (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Driver (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Maid (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Betty Lou Head ... 2nd Visitor (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Thin Attendant (uncredited)
Austin McCoy ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Don McCracken ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Joe (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Waiter (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Guard (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Prison Attendant (uncredited)
William Self ... Station Attendant (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Fat Attendant (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Policeman (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Counterman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Bernhard 
 
Writing credits
Nedrick Young (screenplay) (as Ned Young)

Stanley Rubin (story)

Produced by
Jack Bernhard .... producer
Bernard Brandt .... producer
 
Cinematography by
L. William O'Connell (director of photography) (as L.W. O'Connell)
 
Film Editing by
Jason H. Bernie  (as Jason Bernie)
 
Costume Design by
Lorraine MacLean (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Lorraine MacLean .... hair stylist
Milburn Morante .... makeup artist (as M. Morante)
 
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. Calihan Jr. .... assistant director (as Wm. Callihan)
 
Art Department
Dave Milton .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Mario Castegnaro .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Larry Glickman .... special optical effects (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
76 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #11768, Adult Audience)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Jack Bernhard met wife Jean Gillie in England, where he was stationed during WWII. He intended this film as a vehicle to showcase her to American audiences, but they divorced a short while later, and she did only one other film before her early death at age 33.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Dr. Craig, Margot, and Jim are stopped police road block on a lonely dark road, and they leave a cut back to the inside of the car, it reveals through the back window they are still in the well lit city, with no road block behind them.See more »
Quotes:
Sergeant Joe Portugal:Don't let the face of yours go to your head.
Margot Shelby:Or to yours?
Sergeant Joe Portugal:It would matter if did... People who use pretty faces like you use yours, don't live very long anyway.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Decoy: A Map to Nowhere (2007) (V)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Can you come down to my level?, 19 November 2013
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Decoy is directed by Jack Bernhard and adapted to screenplay by Nedrick Young from a story written by Stanley Rubin. It stars Jean Gillie, Robert Armstrong, Herbert Rudley, Sheldon Leonard and Edward Norris. Music is by Edward J. Kay and cinematography by L. William O'Connell.

Margot Shelby (Gillie) is dying on the sofa, a "victim" of a gunshot wound. Sgt. Jo Portugal (Leonard) leans in to hear the story of how she came to be in this situation…

Manic, delirious, bonkers, nasty, Decoy is all of those things, and more, wonderfully so. Running at under 80 minutes, this "B" noir out of Monogram spins a cruel tale of greed, fatalism and cold blooded homicide, all propelled by one of the coldest and wickedest femme fatales to have ever worn a pair of stilettos.

Plot involves money of course, there's a pot load of it buried somewhere and Margot Shelby wants it. The trouble is is that her criminal boyfriend, Frank Olins (Armstrong), is going to the gas chamber and he isn't telling anyone where the loot is. No problem for Margot, she uses her cunning feminine wiles to ensnare a couple of male dupes into her web, and then the three of them resurrect Frank from the dead and put into action a plan that will reveal where the cash is. Easy Peasy!

As the brilliant beginning has shown us, we know the fate of Margot, what you can't be ready for is what she is prepared to do to achieve her aims, and her means and motives sock you right between the eyes. Even as death approaches she still has to have the last cruel laugh. The beautifully sensuous Gillie gives a thoroughly memorable performance, it's a tragedy that she would die three years later of pneumonia, aged just 33.

Elsewhere. Bernhard (who was married to Gillie at the time) is only competent in direction, but along with the performance he gets out of Gillie (which was a veer from the norm for her), he also gets a cracker turn out of Leonard. Kay's music is inconsistent, even too breezy in the wrong areas, and O'Connell's photography is standard stuff that doesn't strive for any mood accentuation.

Yes you have to kind of unscrew your brain and black out some of the more dafter elements here, and there's some unintentionally cheese laden moments, but what an experience it is all told. 7.5/10

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