Railroaded! (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  25 September 1947 (USA)
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A beautician and her crooked boyfriend attempt to rob the bookie operation located in the back room, but when the plan goes wrong, they frame an innocent man.



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Complete credited cast:
Sheila Ryan ...
Rosie Ryan
Police Sgt. Mickey Ferguson
Jane Randolph ...
Clara Calhoun
Ed Kelly ...
Steve Ryan
Charles D. Brown ...
Police Capt. MacTaggart
Detective Jim Chubb
Peggy Converse ...
Marie Weston
Hermine Sterler ...
Mrs. Ryan
Cowie Kowalski
Roy Gordon ...
Jackland Ainsworth


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Tormented by an unknown fear. Haunted by an unknown enemy. See more »


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Release Date:

25 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uncertain Guilt  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


When Detective Ferguson is reading Duke Martin's criminal record, it shows Duke's Date of Arrest as 7-2-44, but his Date of Birth as 11-14-44, implying that he was arrested 4 months before he was born. See more »


Police Sgt. Mickey Ferguson: No dame carroies a framed picture of a guy unless she's carryin' a torch for him.
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References Quick Millions (1931) See more »

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Tight Noir Crime film, bogged down by weak script.
21 August 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

John Ireland's portrayal of a cold obsessed killer is the best thing in this movie. His performance is edgy, sexy and menacing. A brutal thug who loves his gun. Unfortunately he is hampered by a weak script, where his actions often make little sense. (For instance, why would he contact the sister of the suspect he framed?). Jane Randolph is also strong as the moll, although her character seems to change midway through the movie.

One of the first noir films directed by Anthony Mann, the movie is well shot, fast paced, tightly edited and tough. One wishes the focus could have stayed on Ireland, or, alternatively, the strong scenes of Ed Kelly being framed and pushed around by the cops. Mann will better develop these themes in his later films (noirs and westerns). Still a pretty enjoyable movie and a must for film noir fans.

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