A medical student--broke, hungry and desperate for money--is hired to murder a loan shark. After the killing he is tormented by guilt over what he's done. A detective, who knows the student... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Peter Cookson ...
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Anne Gwynne ...
Eileen Stevens / Cathy Stevens
James Cardwell ...
Ben - a Student
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Detective Shaefer
Francis Pierlot ...
Prof. Stanley
William Moss ...
Al
Almira Sessions ...
Mrs. Williams - Landlady
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Blonde Student
Harry Clay ...
Student (as Henry Clay)
Ernie Adams ...
House Painter
Johnny Strong ...
Student
Charles Calvert ...
Doc
Fairfax Burger ...
Magician
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A medical student--broke, hungry and desperate for money--is hired to murder a loan shark. After the killing he is tormented by guilt over what he's done. A detective, who knows the student committed the crime but can't prove it, plays on the young man's guilt in order to get him to confess to the crime. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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2 March 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »

Goofs

After Larry Crain kills the professor, he goes to the door when he hears the two students outside, we see that the chain lock is latched. He then goes back to the desk to retrieve the ash tray and when he goes back to the door to go out, the chain lock is now unlatched. See more »

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Shoe-String Noir
2 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Extremely Low-Budget Film-Noir that manages to entertain due to a strong Storyline (cribbed from Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment) and some nifty Camera Work and a creative overall Style. What it lacks in slickness it makes up for in Mood and some expressionistic flourishes.

There is a rather tacked-on, weak ending that is a misstep of the first order, but that disappointment aside, this is one of the better attempts at Bargin Bin Noir. There is a sombre and fatalistic tone throughout and there is much more Psychology found here than in most Bottom Rung Programmers. There is a good deal of Cat and Mouse and a lot of Soul Searching.

Despite its restrictions, this can entertain at a deeper level than a lot of Major Studio B-Movies. In fact it is downright amazing how well it works its Magic through tone, style, and execution. This is not to be missed by Fans of Low-Budget Noir's.


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