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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 »
User Reviews:
A Tale Of Two Crooks - One With A Heart, One Without One See more (66 total) »

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)
Nina 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 ... Detective Shelby (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)

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:
Argentina:16 | 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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Originally, Patricia Morison played Victor Mature's wife, who is attacked and raped by a gangster who is supposed to be watching out for her while Mature is in prison, and afterwards commits suicide by sticking her head in the kitchen oven and turning on the gas. Both scenes were cut from the original print at the insistence of the censors, who wanted no depiction of either a rape or a suicide, so although Morison's name appears in the credits, she does not appear in the film at all. Mention is made later in the film about Mature's wife's suicide and a now obscure reference is made by Nettie that the unseen gangster Rizzo contributed to the wife's downfall.See more »
Quotes:
Nettie:Nick Bianco hadn't worked for a year. He had a record - a prison record. They say it shouldn't count against you but when Nick tried to get a job the same thing always happened: "Very sorry." No prejudice, of course, but no job either. So this is how Nick went Christmas shopping for his kids.See more »
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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A Tale Of Two Crooks - One With A Heart, One Without One, 13 May 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was a 1940s film noir with a little bit different slant: the main character "Nick Bianco" (Victor Mature) being a caring father. Here's a guy torn between being a crook most of his life and the damage it did to him mentally, but at heart a real softie who is desperate to go straight and just be a regular family guy with everyone leaving him alone. In the story, he turns "stoolie" so he can earn that freedom and be that family man.

Among film noir buffs, however, this film is noted more for Richard Widmark's debut as the sadistic "Tommy Udo." One of the most famous noir scenes of all time is "Udo" throwing an old lady in a wheelchair down a flight of stairs! Widmark puts on a fake pair of choppers giving him an exaggerated overbite to go along with his insane little giggle. He also calls everyone a "squirt." His over- the-top performance puts a lot a spark into this film which, otherwise would have wound up more as a melodrama.

Two other actors have key roles in here: Brian Donlevy and Colleen Gray (making her credited film debut, too1). Donlevey plays a character who never see in modern-day films: a compassionate district attorney who goes out of his way to help "Nick." It's refreshing to see, for a change. Gray becomes Nick's love interest and is a very appealing wholesome type, as are the two sweet little girls Nick had with his former wife who killed herself while Nick was in prison. Gray becomes the step-mother.

Although not spectacular, the film is entertaining, especially the suspenseful last 20 minutes. It's quite dated in spots but Widmark's character alone is worth investigating this film if you've never seen it. I'm surprised there aren't more reviews of this.

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