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Fighting Back (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 15 November 1948 (UK)
Nick Sanders is honorably discharged from the army, with a full pardon for his pre-war crimes, and settles into a happy home life with his wife, June, and their son, Jimmy, and the family ... See full summary »

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(as Mal St. Clair)

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(original story), (screenplay)
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June Sanders
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Jimmy Sanders
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Police Sergeant Scudder
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Robert J. Higby
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Sam Lang
Dorothy Christy ...
Martha Higby
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Larry Higby
Lelah Tyler ...
Mrs. Winkle
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Colonel
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Snuffy, a Dog
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Nick Sanders is honorably discharged from the army, with a full pardon for his pre-war crimes, and settles into a happy home life with his wife, June, and their son, Jimmy, and the family dog, "Snuffy." The latter likes to steal and hide things. When Nick brushes off his ex-partner in crime, Sam Lang, the smooth crook uses "Snuffy" to rob the Higby home of a valuable diamond. The dog bolts with the loot. The police suspect Nick of the crime. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

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1.37 : 1
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Paul Langton becomes burglary suspect when John Kellogg returns from his criminal past
17 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Fighting Back" (1948) is mostly a family drama, but with a crime angle that brings in the story's main conflicts. The movie is not a noir. It's a mixture of drama and comedy leavened with a burglary that lands Langton in hot water.

Paul Langton was in prison for auto theft. He volunteered for the armed forces where he's been for 5 years fighting in the Pacific. Now going straight, he comes home to wife Jean Rogers and young son, Gary Gray. Also important is their terrier, Snuffy, who is trained to do many tricks. Rogers finds him a job with her boss, Morris Ankrum. There are some adjustment and other issues, but nothing that can't be handled. Ankrum's wife (Dorothy Christy) is a snob and doesn't like her son being so close to Gray; but that's a manageable problem. The movie goes along rather pleasantly.

A real problem emerges when crook John Kellogg pops up from Langton's past. He kidnaps Snuffy and uses him for a burglary of Christy's diamond bracelet, a mixture of tension and comedy. Heavy suspicion falls on Langton, and cop Joe Sawyer pushes into the story. The search of his house is a mixture of resistance and comedy, the neighbor playing a part.

The movie comes across as light fluff mostly. Snuffy is the main attraction.


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