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Pitfall (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 24 August 1948 (USA)
Insurance executive John Forbes falls for femme fatale Mona Stevens while her boyfriend is in jail and he suffers serious consequences as a result.

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(as Andre de Toth)

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(novel), (screen play)
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John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona Stevens. Her boyfriend has embezzled from a store insured by Forbes' company and has showered her with gifts using the loot. Forbes comes to collect the ill-gotten gifts, but the boyfriend is in jail, and Forbes falls hard for Mona and begins an affair. The only problem is that MacDonald, a private dick who freelances for the insurance company, has had his eyes on Mona first. The obsessed MacDonald turns the soon-to-be-released boyfriend against Forbes. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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A man can be as strong as steel...but somewhere there's a woman who'll break him! See more »


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24 August 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caminho da Tentação  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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John's personal car is a 1947 Ford Super Deluxe convertible coupe. This was the top-of-the-line model. Fully restored, this car could be worth $40-60,000 in 2016. See more »

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The public elevator indicator in the Los Angeles Hall of Justice building shows floors 1 to 19. However, in reality, the building is only 14 stories tall. See more »

Quotes

J.B. MacDonald: She probably doesn't appeal to you but for me, she's just what I told the doctor to order.
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We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together
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Music by Henry Manners
Lyrics by Robert Sour
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Powell protects Scott from Burr while Barr waits to get out of jail
20 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

An insurance executive for a large company (Dick Powell) jokingly tells his wife (Jane Wyatt) as she's driving him to his office, that their lives have become a big routine. He's not really in a position to do anything about it, but when he takes over an embezzlement case from a private detective played by Raymond Burr, everything changes. Burr and Powell don't like each other, and their mutual animosity grows throughout the film when Powell gets involved with Lizabeth Scott who plays the fiancé of the jailed Byron Barr, who spent the embezzled money on gifts for her. Burr, an ex-cop, thinks he can have her, though she can't stand him, and he slips a wicked sucker punch on Powell one night while Powell is closing his garage door, warning him to stay away. Burr's part is the glue that holds much of the film together. He's insinuating, devious, but also kind of a coward. As good as Burr is, Powell seems even better. He was a born talent.


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