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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
Charles Lederer (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 August 1947 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It will mark you for life as it marked him for... Betrayal See more »
Plot:
With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
’10 Oscar Narratives & Precedents: It’S All Been Done Before!
 (From Scott Feinberg. 23 February 2011, 9:13 PM, PST)

David Thomson on Santa Claus
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 23 December 2010, 4:00 PM, PST)

Actor Widmark Dies
 (From WENN. 26 March 2008, 12:11 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor Mature ... Nick Bianco

Brian Donlevy ... Assistant D.A. Louis D'Angelo

Coleen Gray ... Nettie

Richard Widmark ... Tommy Udo
Taylor Holmes ... Earl Howser--Attorney
Howard Smith ... Warden

Karl Malden ... Sgt. William Cullen
Anthony Ross ... 'Big Ed' Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Detective (uncredited)
Rollin Bauer ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)
Harry Bellaver ... Bull Weed (uncredited)
Dennis Bohan ... Guard (uncredited)
Olga Borget ... Cashier at Luigi's (uncredited)
Susan Cabot ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Detective (uncredited)

Dort Clark ... Man in Car (uncredited)
Eva Condon ... Nun at Orphanage (uncredited)
Harry Cooke ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Harold Crane ... Mr. Moremann (uncredited)
James Doody ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)

Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Rizzo (uncredited)
Arthur Foran Jr. ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)
David Fresco ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Gary ... Doorman (uncredited)
Don Giovanni ... Tommy's Henchman (uncredited)
Marilee Grassini ... Rosaria (uncredited)
James Charles J.C. Heard ... Jazz Drummer (uncredited)
Eda Heinemann ... Mrs. Keller (uncredited)
Lou Herbert ... Policeman (uncredited)
Herbert Holcombe ... City Jail Guard (uncredited)
Arthur Holland ... Policeman (uncredited)
Harry Kadison ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Tommy's Henchman (uncredited)
Arthur Kramer ... Mr. Sulla (uncredited)
John Kullers ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Harry Landers ... Convict (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Franklyn Lenthall ... Man (uncredited)
Paul Lilly ... City Jail Guard (uncredited)
Pat Malone ... Policeman (uncredited)
Iris Mann ... Congetta (uncredited)

John Marley ... Convict (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Guard (uncredited)
Charles McClelland ... Detective (uncredited)
Norman McKay ... Capt. Dolan (uncredited)
Richard Midgley ... Guard (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Customer (uncredited)

Millard Mitchell ... (uncredited)
Mary Morrison ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Consuela O'Connor ... Girl (uncredited)
Gloria O'Connor ... Girl (uncredited)
William O'Leary ... Policeman (uncredited)
Wendell K. Phillips ... Tony 'Pep' Mangone (uncredited)
Yvonne Rob ... Customer (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Guard (uncredited)
Mel Ruick ... Moremann's Assistant (uncredited)
Jack Rutherford ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lee Sanford ... Chips Cooney (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Shelton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Irene Shirley ... Nun (uncredited)
J. Scott Smart ... (uncredited)
A. George Smith ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Stearns ... Harris (uncredited)
Richard Taber ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Victor Thorley ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)
Lawrence Tiernan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tito Vuolo ... Luigi (uncredited)
Milton Wallace ... (uncredited)
Jesse White ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Bill Zuckert ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
Charles Lederer (screenplay)

Eleazar Lipsky (story)

Philip Dunne  additional scenes (uncredited)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
J. Watson Webb Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Charles Hall .... unit manager (uncredited)
Raymond A. Klune .... studio production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abe Steinberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Rod Amateau .... stunts (uncredited)
Herbert Holcombe .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Earle Hagen .... orchestral arranger
Lionel Newman .... conductor
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #12356) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 12, 1948, with Victor Mature, Coleen Gray and Richard Widmark reprising their film roles.See more »
Quotes:
Tommy Udo:I'm askin' ya, where's that squealin' son of yours?
[weird laugh]
Tommy Udo:You think a squealer can get away from me? Huh?
[crazy laugh]
Tommy Udo:You know what I do to squealers? I let 'em have it in the belly, so they can roll around for a long time thinkin' it over. You're worse than him, tellin' me he's comin' back? Ya lyin' old hag!
[maniacal laugh]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in American Grindhouse (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Street SceneSee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
taut thriller, 25 September 1999
Author: DURANGO-6 from ireland

Rating * * * 1/2 Victor Mature gives one of his best performances here in this taut thriller. He plays a thief who informs on his own gang and is hunted by psycho Richard Widmark. The film is famous for the scene in which Widmark as giggling killer Tommy Udo pushes a wheelchair bound old lady down the stairs.

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