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15 March 1947 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Russell Wade ... George 'Mitch' Mitchell
Luana Walters ... Marian Langdon (as Susan Walters)
Edmund MacDonald ... Lawrence Dale (as Edmond MacDonald)
Robert Kent ... Dixie Logan (as Douglas Blackley)
Vince Barnett ... Charlie Gill
Nestor Paiva ... Gus Miller
Charles Trowbridge ... District Attorney John Forsythe
Harry Brown ... Jim Forman
Ted Hecht ... Al Collins
Harry Cheshire ... Mike Blake (as Harry Chesire)

Joe Devlin ... Smokey
Eddie Foster ... Bingo
Frank O'Connor ... Deputy Clem Sparks (as Frank O'Conner)
Sammy Stein ... Blackie
Robert Riordan ... Ed Carter
Gene Rodgers ... Piano Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Political Speaker (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Police Chief (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Political Speaker (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Judge (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Man on Dais (uncredited)
John James ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Short Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
William Berke 
Writing credits
Edwin V. Westrate (writer)

Produced by
William Berke .... producer
Maury Nunes .... associate producer
Original Music by
Darrell Calker 
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Benjamin Kline)
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
Set Decoration by
Tommy Thompson  (as Thomas Thompson)
Makeup Department
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Carl K. Hittleman .... production manager (as Carl Hittleman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Byron Roberts .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bud Asher .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Arthur A. Brooks .... supervising editor
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Other crew
Robert L. Lippert .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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64 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #12241)

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George 'Mitch' Mitchell:I was having a little chat - with Dixie Logan
Lawrence Dale:What? But how could you?
George 'Mitch' Mitchell:Oh, it was easy. First he'd say something then I'd say something.
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
See It for Gene Rodgers Playing the Boogie, 13 July 2009
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This cheapie noir thriller about crooked district attorneys and gangster chiefs is surprisingly good, considered it was made on a zero budget with no reason to aim high. Of course, it is completely corny, but there are a lot of expressionistic camera angles, and the many dollying shots of men walking at night are surprisingly effective with a single bright spotlight on the face and everything else pitch black. As is usual with these over the top late forties cheapies, the impact depends largely upon an excessive, almost parodic, use of 'mood music'. When things begin to get dangerous, don't worry about looking for clues on the screen, as the orchestra will tell us instead. One wonders if the script actually said: 'At this point, the musical score will become hysterical, so that the audience knows someone is about to get killed.' The chief reason for watching this film is to see and hear the spectacular performance on the piano of Gene Rodgers, a black boogie player who was one of the best. It is jaw-dropping stuff. Fats Waller, eat your heart out! Rodgers plays two of his own compositions, 'Ballad of the Bayou' and 'Rajah's Blues'. His fingers move faster than the speed of light, and he isn't even looking. If only the whole thing had been Rodgers, we could have done without the film. The film's script is surprising in its ingenuity in places, and has some snappy dialogue, showing that somebody tried. The most innovative scene is where an assistant district attorney dictates a letter to his secretary. It is a passionate love letter proposing marriage, and she wonders to whom he intends to send it. He asks her if she thinks it is OK, and she says she thinks it is beautiful. Then he tells her it is for her! Great scene! If only the romance had been genuine, however, as both turn out to be crooks in their own way. This film contains serious contradictions, as it oscillates between making some characters appear sympathetic and then suddenly exposing them as baddies. The story must have started out as a tough crime thriller and then some frustrated sentimentalist wrote the script and could not help himself, he just had to have some love scenes, and the fact that the characters were all wrong for this could not and would not deter him. The producer clearly didn't notice. Well, if you like brilliant boogie, you really can't afford to miss this. And there will be people who will also enjoy the film. It is all a matter of what you expect, and if you start out expecting a corny mini-budgeted noir thriller with some unexpected good points, you will be happy.

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