6.5/10
73
5 user 5 critic

Roses Are Red (1947)

A paroled convict who bears a striking resemblance to the local District Attorney is hired by the mob to impersonate him, while the real District Attorney is kidnapped and held captive at a secret location.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a brutal police detective Lt. murders a bookmaker's runner for $25,000 in cash, a deaf mute sees him do it, and now he finds he must kill again to cover his tracks.

Directors: Howard W. Koch, Edmond O'Brien
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, John Agar, Marla English
Take My Life (1947)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman races against time to clear Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to force a conviction.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Marius Goring
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young man is wrongly convicted and sentenced to be executed. Reporters covering the execution relate the story, each from his own perspective.

Director: Paul Sloane
Stars: Sally Parr, Patrick Waltz, Walter Reed
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Carolyn Ellenson double-crosses five people who cross her path and is murdered by one of them. After marrying Harlow Grant for his money, she leaves him but carries on her infidelities so ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Adreon
Stars: Marie Windsor, John Archer, Patric Knowles
Wicked Woman (1953)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A blonde floozy drifts into town and gets a job as a waitress at a local bar. She sets her sights on the bar's handsome owner, who is married to an alcoholic. Her plans are for the two of ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Beverly Michaels, Richard Egan, Percy Helton
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dick Tracy investigates the theft of a fortune of fur coats, a possible insurance swindle and several murders, all linked to a huge thug who wears a hook in place of his right hand.

Director: John Rawlins
Stars: Ralph Byrd, Lyle Latell, Kay Christopher
Comedy | Mystery | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A party is thrown at a haunted mansion, people start to die, and a man who spent a night in the "blue room" disappears.

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Anne Gwynne, Donald Cook, John Litel
The Chase (1946)
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.

Director: Arthur Ripley
Stars: Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A lawyer suffers a guilt complex after getting a murder acquittal for his client, and then finding out she did commit the crime.

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Angela Lansbury, Raymond Burr, Dick Foran
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Jim Locke
...
John Jones aka The Knuckle
...
Duke Arno
...
Lipton
...
George 'Buster' Cooley
...
Ace Oliver (as Doug Fowley)
...
Ray (as James Aurness)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Interne (as Bob Stevens)
Edit

Storyline

This script rode in right off of the range that had been ridden at least twice by Tim McCoy at Columbia. Writer Elmam did little other than moving it from a Western to a big-town Eastern. Don Castle plays a newly-elected district attorney but, just before he takes office, the town's crooked political boss (Edward Keane) has his henchies (including Jeff Chandler)kidnap him with intentions of replacing him with an ex-convict(Don Castle in a dual role) who is his exact double. While the D.A.'s double/replacement is studying his mannerisms where he is being held captive, the D.A. knocks out the double, takes his clothes and manages to fool the gang boss into thinking he is the ex-con. The henchies then kill the ex-con thinking he is the D.A. The latter continues to impersonate his double until he has set and sprung the trap on the gang boss and his minions. Peggy Knudsen plays the D.A's. fiance, Patricia Knight the wife of the ex-con and Joe Sawyer pops up as a crooked police official. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Roses are red - with the heart-blood of murder.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 November 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Equivocacion fatal  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Unfamiliar leads, familiar support
13 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

This independent production which was fortunate enough to have 20th Century Fox pick it up for distribution has three leads that you've never heard of in Don Castle, Peggy Knudsen, and Patricia Knight. But the supporting cast is chock full of familiar character players who really make Roses Are Red work.

Castle plays the double role of a newly elected District Attorney and a lookalike crook hired by the big mob boss Edward Keane to impersonate the DA. Overseeing the operation is crooked homicide cop Joe Sawyer.

It was a really good plan and Keane though in a wheelchair hasn't lost any brain power being paralyzed. Only it doesn't quite work out for those who put it together. Knudsen who is a reporter and girlfriend of the DA and Knight who is the wife of the impersonator play key roles in putting Keane and his crooks.

With some name leads and better production values Roses Are Red would be far better known. But with Charles Lane as Keane's lawyer, Douglas Fowley as a would be stoolie, Charles McGraw and Jeff Chandler as some of Keane's muscle and James Arness as an honest cop you can't go wrong with this film.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Who's Your Celebrity Counterpart?

"The IMDb Show" finds out who your celebrity doppelgangers are. Plus, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz recounts the moment his movie was mistakenly awarded an Oscar.

Watch now