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John Bright (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 June 1948 (USA) See more »
Thrill-a-minute close-up of MURDER!
After his photo is accidentally taken, that someone will do everything in his power to get hold of the negative. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alan Baxter ... Phil Sparr

Virginia Gilmore ... Peggy Lake
Richard Kollmar ... Martin Beaumont
Loring Smith ... Harry Avery
Phillip Huston ... Joseph Gibbons
Joey Faye ... Roger

Russell Collins ... Beck
Michael Wyler ... Fredericks

Sid Melton ... Stanislaus Kranobowsky (cabbie)
Wendell K. Phillips ... Harold (as Wendell Phillips)
Erin Selwyn ... Bessie, Receptionist (as Erin O'Kelly)
Jimmy Sheridan ... Jimmy (as James Sheridan)

Marcia Walter ... Rita
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dort Clark ... Detective (uncredited)

Kenne Duncan ... Detective (uncredited)
Lauren Gilbert ... Miller (uncredited)
Johnny Kane ... Drunk (uncredited)
Maurice Manson ... Inspector Lonigan (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Donohue 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Bright  screenplay
Jack Donohue  additional dialogue
James Poe  story
Martin Rackin  adaptation
Max Wilk  screenplay

Produced by
Robert L. Joseph .... associate producer
Frank Satenstein .... producer
Original Music by
Jerome Moross 
Cinematography by
William Miller 
Film Editing by
Robert Klager  (as Robert Klaeger)
Art Direction by
Furth Ullman 
Makeup Department
Ira Senz .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jules Bricken .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Di Gangi .... assistant director (as James Di Gangi)
Sound Department
Clarence R. Wall .... director of sound (as Clarence Wall)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Hyland .... camera operator
William J. Nallan .... still photographer
Music Department
Jerome Moross .... conductor
Other crew
Leo Rose .... business manager
Faith Hubley .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:76 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Another Alan and a clown less might have done the trick, 5 November 2008
Author: Benoit Vanhees from Belgium

Without realizing it, two newsreel reporters took pictures of a surviving nazi-leader in front of a bank, while filming fashion mannequins in the streets of New York. The German, who was thought to have died during the war, was inquiring if he could recuperate a large sum of money. He needs it, to be able to continue Hitler's dream after the dictator's death. He is helped by a criminal gang, which is only in it for a slice of the money, not for political reasons. Hal Ericson's description in the All Movie Guide of the gang as being a "secret neo-nazi gang" is therefor incorrect. The gang will make several attempts to recuperate the film and its negatives, including by kidnapping one of the reporters. The boss of the two reporters however discovers whose face has been captured on the newsreel, and contacts the authorities.

The problem with this rare B movie is that it just can't decide whether it wants to be a kind of political thriller, a crime movie or some kind of comedy. The final result therefor isn't very bright, without being terrible at the same time. The movie sure is watchable till the predictable end, but well... The script isn't always very convincing or logical. While the Nazi leader's henchman doesn't hesitate to kill one of the criminals, the 'hero' has more luck, and only gets knocked out with a gun on his head. Dialogs are quite poor, no cute « one-liners », no quick exchanges of wisecracks etc. Well, the hero's colleague is trying to be a funny guy every now and then, but the movie would have done perfectly well without this kind of clowning.

Alan Baxter may be in the words of Hal Ericson a "character actor", but you won't see very much of it in this movie. Alan Ladd playing like he played in The Glass Key though would have made a good choice. That would have given the movie that extra status it desperately needed to rise above its mediocrity. The soundtrack doesn't help either. While the main title track you'll hear while the names of the actors are shown is OK, the music during the key moments of the movie doesn't support the action. I'd rather qualify it as simply irritating. I'd give it a 6/10

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