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Peter Milne (screenplay)
Israel Zangwill (novel)
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Release Date:
23 November 1946 (USA) See more »
After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sydney Greenstreet ... Supt. George Edward Grodman

Peter Lorre ... Victor Emmric

Joan Lorring ... Lottie Rawson

George Coulouris ... Supt. John R. Buckley
Rosalind Ivan ... Mrs. Vicky Benson

Paul Cavanagh ... Clive Russell

Arthur Shields ... Rev. Holbrook
Morton Lowry ... Arthur Kendall

Holmes Herbert ... Sir William Dawson
Art Foster ... PC Warren

Clyde Cook ... Barney Cole
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jimmy Aubrey ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Leah Baird ... French Charwoman (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Cockney (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Pub Keeper (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Gravedigger (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Simpkins (uncredited)
Herbert Clifton ... Englishman (uncredited)
Bing Conley ... Convict (uncredited)

Harry Cording ... Tough Englishman (uncredited)

Howard Davies ... Old Gentleman (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Prison Governor (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Costermonger (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... French Policeman (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Housekeeper (uncredited)

Fernanda Eliscu ... French Housekeeper (uncredited)

Herbert Evans ... Doorkeeper (uncredited)
Betty Fairfax ... Cockney (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Ex-Pugilist Juryman (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Ticket Inspector (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Judge (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ... English Policeman (uncredited)
D. Martin Jones ... Reporter (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Crauford Kent ... Professional Man (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Grocer (uncredited)
Casey MacGregor ... Laborer (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Janet Murdoch ... Sister Brown (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Constable (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Robertson, Undertaker (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... French Policeman (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... City Clerk (uncredited)
John Power ... Watchman (uncredited)

Paul Scardon ... Sexton (uncredited)

C. Montague Shaw ... Businessman (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Artist (uncredited)
Arthur Stenning ... Head Warden (uncredited)
Mark Strong ... Coroner (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Watt ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Leo White ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel 
Writing credits
Peter Milne (screenplay)

Israel Zangwill (novel "The Big Bow Mystery")

Produced by
William Jacobs .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
Robert Burks (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
Set Decoration by
G.W. Berntsen 
Jack McConaghy 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Alvarado .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
Gordon M. Davis .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
E. Kenneth Martin .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert Burks .... special effects
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
Visual Effects by
Russell Collings .... special optical effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Schurr .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travilla .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arrangements
Charles David Forrest .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Felix Jacoves .... dialogue director
James Leicester .... montages
Jack L. Warner .... presenter
D.R.O. Hatswell .... technical director (uncredited)
Virginia Yates .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Italy:T | USA:Approved (PCA #11643, Adult Audience)

Did You Know?

There was a major strike in the Warner Bros studio during the production of the film. Don Siegel and the crew had problem to get through the studios fence.See more »
Supt. John R. Buckley:Why have you come here?
Victor Emmric:I have always had a supressed desire to see a grave opened... especially at night.
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Movie Connections:
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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Guilty of Greatness and Greenstreet, 14 September 2001

I don't know what to say about the other reviews here(better to say nothing as their insights offer that suitable response). This is a great film with a great pairing of that wonderful coupling of gargantuan Sydney Greenstreet and devilish, diminuative Peter Lorre. Grenstreet never was better as a Scotland Yard superintendant who mistakenly sends an innocent man to his death. He is forced out of his job by another aspiring detective played with relish by George Coulouris. Greenstreet remarks, "He underestimated the size of my britches." And so he did! Greenstreet was that special kind of actor that draws you to his every word, action, and deed. His refinement of speech and larger-than-life presence greatly enhance the film. Lorre is Lorre, a funny character actor getting a break from villains for a chance. Lorre and Greenstreet aid each other very nicely and their scenes together are perhaps the most fun ones in the film. Behind all the actions of the two men is a fine Victorian mystery that has a good, hard-to-figure out ending. Director Don Siegel shows his deftness in capturing a dark Victorian setting. His scene exhuming a casket is particularly well-done. A fine film and an unfortunately all to rare chance to see Lorre and Greenstreet together.

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