Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome.

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Cast

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Lt Collins
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Brenda Martingale
Betty Garde ...
Miss Pruett
Berry Kroeger ...
W.A. Niles
Tommy Cook ...
Tony Rome
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Teena Riconti
Hope Emerson ...
Rose Given
Roland Winters ...
Ledbetter
Walter Baldwin ...
Orvy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Begley ...
Bartender (scenes deleted)
Dan Sheridan ...
Detective (as Michael Sheridan)
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Storyline

Petty crook and cop-killer Martin Rome, in bad shape from wounds in the hospital prison ward, still refuses to help slimy lawyer Niles clear his client by confessing to another crime. Police Lt. Candella must check Niles' allegation; a friend of the Rome family, he walks a tightrope between sentiment and cynicism. When Martin fears Candella will implicate his girlfriend Teena, he'll do anything to protect her. How many others will he drag down to disaster with him? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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29 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Chair for Martin Rome  »

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Trivia

Vito Scotti's first film. See more »

Goofs

The doctor that illegally treated Martin Rome (Richard Conte) was implicated by being paid in cash, in money reportedly taken from the lawyer Niles' safe. However Rome only finds jewelry and documents in Niles' safe, while emptying it. See more »

Quotes

Martin Rome: Go away. Don't get mixed up in this.
Teena Riconti: Oh Marty. Why did you have to shoot? Why did you kill?
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Featured in American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) See more »

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Street Scene
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Music by Alfred Newman
Played at opening of film
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Picture For A Sunday Afternoon
5 September 2004 | by (Lodi,NJ) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie many times on "Picture For A Sunday Afternoon", "The Early Show" and "The Million Dollar Movie" and I always loved watching it. I thought Richard Conte played one of the best "bad guy" roles I'd ever seen. Using his girlfriend, kid brother and even his mother to facilitate his life of crime. Victor Mature gives his usual solid performance and Fred Clark as his assistant was interesting as well considering that his future seemed to be bumbling comedic bit player. The sleazy lawyer and murderous masseuse were also well cast. What I can't understand is why this flick as well as One Million BC aren't available on DVD.


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