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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 »
NewsDesk:
(9 articles)
User Reviews:
Classic film noir which finishes too soon 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

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Trivia:
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1994.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:
Joe Morse:If you need a broken man to love, break your husband. I'm not a nickel, I don't spend my life in a telephone! If that's what you want for love, you can't use me.
Edna Tucker:You're not strong or weak enough.
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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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34 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Classic film noir which finishes too soon, 30 December 2001
Author: Geofbob from London, England

This is a gripping film noir, dark and despairing in mood, co-written and directed by Abraham Polonsky, shortly before he was blacklisted in Hollywood for his left-wing views. Those views are perhaps implied in the plot, which is about the illegal numbers game, and the attempt of a big operator to gain a monopoly of the racket in New York. The film shows how everybody from the individual punter putting a few cents on a number to the gangsters making a fortune out of the operation is soiled by the racket. For Polonsky, the numbers game may have symbolised capitalism as a whole, with both bosses and workers being corrupted by the system. However, the details of the plot are less important than the mood, characterisations and visual aspects of the movie.

John Garfield is brilliant as the charming, amoral lawyer Joe Morse, a Mr Fixit for racket-boss Ben Tucker (Roy Roberts). Thomas Gomez plays Joe's sick, world-weary brother Leo, who also runs an illegal numbers game, but independently of the mob, in an honorable and decent fashion. Some of the best scenes in the film show Joe trying, as he sees it, to help Leo by bringing him into Tucker's operation, while Leo resists and berates Joe for using his ability and education in such an ignoble cause. Much of this intense dialogue is reminiscent of that in plays by Clifford Odets or Arthur Miller.

Also compelling, but with a lighter feel, are scenes between Joe and Doris (Beatrice Pearson) a quiet but assured young woman who works for Leo. Joe adopts slick patter, and runs himself down, in an attempt to gain her sympathy. Also in the movie, but with a disappointingly small part, is Marie Windsor, as Edna, Tucker's wife; in a longer, more commercial, film, her role of femme fatale would almost certainly have been expanded.

But it is the sets, location work, cinematography and editing which lift the film above the average. Practically every scene and shot has visual interest, and it is definitely one film you want to go on longer than its allotted 80 minutes.

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