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Director:
Writers:
Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
25 December 1948 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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Classic Noir film contains sensational performances , evocative cinematography and interesting intrigue See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Garfield ... Joe Morse

Thomas Gomez ... Leo Morse

Marie Windsor ... Edna Tucker
Howland Chamberlain ... Freddie Bauer (as Howland Chamberlin)

Roy Roberts ... Ben Tucker

Paul Fix ... Bill Ficco
Stanley Prager ... Wally
Barry Kelley ... Det. Egan
Paul McVey ... Hobe Wheelock
Beatrice Pearson ... Doris Lowry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Comptroller (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Sorter (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Man (uncredited)
Georgia Backus ... Sylvia Morse (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Sorter (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Detective (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ... Mother (uncredited)

Beau Bridges ... Frankie Tucker (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Attorney (uncredited)
John Butler ... Banker (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Man (uncredited)
William Challee ... Gunman #1 (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Eileen Coghlan ... Secretary #1 (uncredited)
Roger Cole ... Attorney (uncredited)
John 'Uh huh' Collum ... Dancer (uncredited)
Barbara Combs ... Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Corner ... Sorter (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Attorney (uncredited)
Jim Davies ... Policeman #9 (uncredited)
Jan Dennis ... Mrs. Bauer (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Banker (uncredited)
Ann Duncan ... Norval's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Dineen (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman #8 (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Attorney (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Secretary #3 (uncredited)
Richard Elmore ... Attorney (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Secretary #4 (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Judge (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Butcher (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... Father (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
David Fresco ... Gunman #3 (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Attorney (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Sorter (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman #4 (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ... Cigar Man (uncredited)
Carl Hanson ... Attorney (uncredited)
Ray Hirsch ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Policeman #12 (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Henchman (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Mr. Middleton (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Richards (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ... (uncredited)
Raymond Largay ... Bunty (uncredited)

Will Lee ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Policeman #7 (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Badgley (uncredited)
Mickey McGuire ... Boy (uncredited)
David McKim ... Cashier (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Law Clerk (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Policeman #2 (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Dancer (uncredited)

Arthur O'Connell ... Link Hall (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Jack Overman ... Juice (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Counterman (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Louie - Bootblack (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Gunman #2 (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Policeman (uncredited)
Shimen Ruskin ... Sorter (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Johnson (uncredited)
Louise Saraydar ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Policeman #5 (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Banker (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Policeman #6 (uncredited)
Esther Somers ... Mrs. Lowry (uncredited)
Bob Stebbins ... Norval (uncredited)
Diane Stewart ... Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Stone ... Secretary #2 (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Court Reporter (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman #11 (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Two & Two Taylor (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Sorter (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Policeman #1 (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Policeman #3 (uncredited)
Joe Warfield ... Collector (uncredited)
Stanley Waxman ... Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
Mervin Williams ... Goodspeed (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Bud Wiser ... Policeman #10 (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Mary - Joe's Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Abraham Polonsky 
 
Writing credits
Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) and
Ira Wolfert (screenplay)

Ira Wolfert (novel "Tucker's People")

Produced by
Bob Roberts .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Art Seid  (as Arthur Seid)
 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Lillian Lashin .... hair stylist
Gustaf Norin .... makeup supervisor (as Gus Norin)
 
Production Management
Joe C. Gilpin .... executive production manager (as Joseph C. Gilpin)
George Yohalem .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Frank Webster .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Gibson .... head grip
John F. Warren .... operative cameraman (as Jack Warren)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louise Wilson .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Howard Lee Paul .... assistant film editor
Walter Thompson .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Rudolph Polk .... musical director
Lawrence Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ruby Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kenneth Hopkins .... hats (as Keneth Hopkins)
Don Weis .... dialogue director
 
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Runtime:
78 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1996) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In order to show cinematographer George Barnes how he wanted the film to look, Abraham Polonsky gave him a book of Edward Hopper's Third Avenue paintings.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During a climactic montage set at an East Coast racetrack on the Fourth of July, people in the stock footage crowd scenes are dressed in winter garments nobody would wear in the middle of summer.See more »
Quotes:
Leo Morse:The money I made in this rotten business is no good for me, Joe. I don't want it back. And Tucker's money is no good either.
Joe Morse:The money has no moral opinions.
Leo Morse:I find I have, Joe. I find I have.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Rules of Film Noir (2009) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quartet opus 131, no. 14: Ist MovementSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Classic Noir film contains sensational performances , evocative cinematography and interesting intrigue, 21 March 2014
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

An unethical and cynical lawyer called Joe Morse (John Garfield) , with an older brother he wants to help , becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket . But his elder brother Leo (Thomas Gomez) is one of these small-time operators who wishes to stay that way , opting not to deal with the mobsters (Roy Roberts , Paul Fix) who control the big-time . His employees are like family to him as his secretary, Doris Lowry (Chamberlain) , is like a daughter , then Joe falls in love for her . As the ambitious attorney attempts to save his brother from the mob boss's takeover of the numbers operation . The upright , though criminal brother refuses the help of the amoral advocate at law and he is ultimately forced to confront his conscience .

This enjoyable film contains emotion , thrills , suspense , charming intrigue about corruption , and a lot of elements of Noir cinema . Main actor and screenwriter/director were pursued by American government during ominous period of Mccarthismo. Thought-provoking writing credits , written by Polonsky ; being based on a novel novel "Tucker's People¨ by Ira Wolfert . Very good and sizzling acting by John Garfield as a corrupt lawyer . Garfield had a sad as well fruitful life , as he signed a contract with Warner Brothers, who changed his name to John Garfield . Won enormous praise for his role of the cynical Mickey Borden in ¨Four Daughters¨ (1938). Appeared in similar roles throughout his career despite his efforts to play varied parts , being his best film : ¨Body and soul¨ . He played in adventure movie as ¨The sea Wolf¨ , historical as ¨Juarez¨ , drama as ¨Tortilla flat¨, a cameo in ¨Jigsaw¨ and the noir classic ¨The postman always rings twice¨. Active in liberal political and social causes, he found himself embroiled in Communist scare of the late 1940s. Though he testified before Congress that he was never a Communist, his ability to get work declined. While separated from his wife, he succumbed to long-term heart problems, dying suddenly in the home of a woman friend at 39. His funeral was mobbed by thousands of fans, in the largest funeral attendance for an actor since Rudolph Valentino. Excellent support cast gives magnificent acting such as Thomas Gomez as Leo Morse , Marie Windsor as Edna Tucker , Roy Roberts as Ben Tucker, Paul Fix as Bill Ficco and introducing the attractive Howland Chamberlain .

Atmospheric and appropriate cinematography in black and white by George Barnes who along with James Wong Howe , John Alton and Nicolas Musuraka are the main cameramen of Noir genre . In order to show cinematographer George Barnes how he wanted the film to look, Abraham Polonsky gave him a book of Edward Hopper's Third Avenue paintings . Thrilling as well as evocative musical score by the David Raskin (Laura) . Adequate photography in black and white filled with lights and shades , portentous interpretations and dark as well as twisted intrigue have made this a film nor classic . The motion picture was well directed by Abraham Polonsky and it was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1994 . Director Polonski was removed from the credits for a time after release, due to the blacklisting of supposed Communist sympathizers at the time . Polonsky was named as a member of the Communist Party by Hollywood 10 member Edward Dmytryk in Dmytryk's 1951 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee , when the blacklisted director "named names" to revive his Hollywood career and effect a return from exile in Europe . After being named by former fellow O.S.S. member Sterling Hayden, Polonsky himself was arraigned before HUAC in 1951 . He was blacklisted and went into exile . As director and screenwriter , Polonsky was an "auteur" of three of the great film Noirs made in the last century: Body and soul (1947) screenplay , directed by fellow CPUSA member Robert Rossen, who kept his career by "naming names" , Force of evil (1948) which he wrote and directed , and Odds against tomorrow (1959) which he wrote using a front . Blacklisted after his uncooperative appearance before HUAC in April 1951, Polonsky did not get a chance to direct another film until 1968, when he helmed the production of the revisionist Western Tell them Willie Boy is here (1969), which he turned into an indictment of genocide . It wasn't until 1968 that he was credited on a film, for the screenplay for Don Siegel's exegesis of police corruption, Madigan (1968). Polonsky has a short career and after the release of the well-reviewed "Willie Boy," he helmed his last failed picture , the more light-hearted Romance of a horse thief (1971).

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