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William R. Lipman (screenplay)
Peter Ruric (story)
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Release Date:
3 February 1948 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Wallace Beery ... Jim Breedin

Tom Drake ... Johnny Lorgen
Dorothy Patrick ... Elaine Carter

Gladys George ... Madge Parkson

Leon Ames ... Matt Enley

Warner Anderson ... Capt. Charlie Lopen

John Qualen ... No End

Sheldon Leonard ... Harry Bealer

Trevor Bardette ... Jig Johnson

Jeff Corey ... Zu
Marc Krah ... Spats Edwards
William Forrest ... Carruthers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Morris Ankrum ... O.K. (scenes deleted)

George Chandler ... Curly Britt (scenes deleted)
Henry Kulky ... Moving Man (scenes deleted)
Lou Lubin ... Pickpocket (scenes deleted)
Lee Phelps ... Mahaffy (scenes deleted)

Harry Strang ... Detective (scenes deleted)
Nan Bennett ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Basil Brigadier ... Assistant Decorator (uncredited)
John Butler ... Gimp (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... The Warden (uncredited)
Tom Daly ... Mug (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Rookie Cop (uncredited)
Jerry De Castro ... Assistant Tailor (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Mug (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Waiter (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Eddie (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Morton, the Butler (uncredited)
Jane Green ... Dowager (uncredited)

William Hall ... Convict (uncredited)
Dalonne Jackson ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Ann Lawrence ... Actress (uncredited)
Jack Lee ... (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Frank McGrath ... Murph (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Detective (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Waiter (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Rookie Cop (uncredited)

Jack Norton ... Charnell (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Doorman (uncredited)
Barry Regan ... Thug (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Waiter (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Interne (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Dowager (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Con (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Tailor (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Beaumont 
Writing credits
William R. Lipman (screenplay)

Peter Ruric (story)

Produced by
Nat Perrin .... producer
Original Music by
David Snell 
Cinematography by
Ray June 
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Stan Rogers 
Set Decoration by
Alfred E. Spencer 
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles J. Burbridge .... sound
Douglas Shearer .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Deverman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mervin Price .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Lennie Hayton .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alex Hyde .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
John Banse .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Sunday 21 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Philadelphia it was first telecast Thursday 13 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco 3 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City 22 July 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2).See more »
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Referenced in Blonde Heat (1984) (V)See more »


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This was a good vehicle for Wallace Beery..., 15 September 2016
Author: calvinnme from United States

... and though the film was a box office disappointment, I think it holds up today, showing Beery's stronger points as an actor.

Beery plays Jim Breedin, a guy finishing a 15 year stretch in the pen for bank robbery. He has worked his way up to a trustee and plans to go straight when he gets out. Right before he is released he meets Johnny Lorgen (Tom Drake) a new arrival at the prison farm where the trustees reside. Breedin cuts Lorgen down a notch or two, but by the time Breedin leaves he and Lorgen part friends, with Breedin inviting him to look him up once he gets out.

And then a break - An oil company wants to pay Breedin 250K for his farm because it is loaded with oil. Now Breedin can live the life of a gentleman - he's been studying up on how to act in society and now he can practice. He rents a penthouse, and you can take the man out of the Bowery, but you can't take the Bowery out of the man. At one point Jim buys a fancy Queen Anne table and puts it in the center of a practically empty room, trying to figure out what to do with it. It turns out he just got it because it was a classy thing to have.

Now Jim knows his wife is long dead, but he has desperately been searching for his daughter whose whereabouts are a mystery. Now for the suspense part of the film - Matt Enley (Leon Ames) who let Jim take the entire rap for the bank job they pulled can't figure out where Jim's money has come from. He thinks that the money could be from a heist that they pulled and that Jim has hidden it away all of these years. Thus he hires a hardened actress to play the part of Jim's long lost daughter, now all grown up, to get close to Jim and find the money. Jim takes to the girl right away, immediately accepting her as his daughter, and although the imposter seems like a dame with a wallet for a heart at first, she is warming to this craggy mountain of a man who has a gooey center and generous nature.

To complicate things, Johnny Lorgen gets out of the pen and comes to see Jim but to him, it is Jim's "daughter" who is the vision. The feelings are mutual. But Johnny wants to continue on with a life of crime and so Jim will have none of these two being a couple. To top it all off, the feds are following Jim waiting for him to pull another job.

Well this could turn out to be a comedy or a tragedy, and up to the end you won't be sure which it is - Beery excels at both. A nice touch is Gladys George as Madge Parkson, Breedin's new girlfriend. She's brassy on the outside and - well, OK, she's brassy on the inside too, but she's good for and to Jim.

I'll let you see how this all plays out. It certainly exceeded my expectations, as when I first turned it on I expected a paint by numbers MGM programmer. It's much better than that.

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