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Railroaded! (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 September 1947 (USA)
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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Sexy beautician Clara Calhoun, who has a bookie operation in her back room, connives with her boyfriend, mob collector Duke Martin, to stage a robbery of the day's take. But the caper turns violent; a cop and Duke's partner are shot; and Duke arranges for innocent Steve Ryan, owner of the car they stole, to be framed. At first homicide detective Mickey Ferguson thinks Steve is guilty, despite his attraction to Steve's sister Rosie. And the suave but ruthless Duke won't hesitate to keep it that way with more of his perfumed bullets... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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bookie | beautician | car | robbery | death | See All (51) »

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

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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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 »

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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 »

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Doc, Police Criminologist: They're a lot of nice people running around, Doc.
Police Sgt. Mickey Ferguson: Yep, Mickey. You know, they're only two kinds of animals that make war on their own kind - rats and men... and men are supposed to be able to think.
Police Sgt. Mickey Ferguson: I think you've got something there, Doc.
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A fine example of Film Noir
13 January 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

John Ireland is a cold blooded and vile villain and Hugh Beaumont is an honest detective who's not so sure that he and his fellow overzealous cops have the right suspect (Ed Kelly) in the murder of a police officer in a gangland robbery. Toss in an evil cat fight between Sheila Ryan and Jane Randolph and "Railroaded!" becomes a prime example of Anthony Mann' superior post-war Film Noir direction. Using low lights and a suggestive script despite a low budget and grade "B" actors, Mann jumps right into the action from the start with a botched robbery that leads to not just the death of a cop, but the railroading of an innocent man. Mann builds the story up with tension and skill until the taught finale filled with gun shots, breaking glass, and confusing camera angles. It may be a "B" movie, but Mann deserves a "A" for his effort.


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