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Raw Deal (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 May 1948 (USA)
Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him.

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Joseph Emmett (Joe) Sullivan
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Pat Cameron
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Ann Martin
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Fantail
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Rick Coyle
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Marcy
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Joe Sullivan is itching to get out of prison. He's taken the rap for Rick, who owes him $50 Grand. Rick sets up an escape for Joe, knowing that Joe will be caught escaping and be shot or locked away forever. But with the help of his love-struck girl Pat and his sympathetic legal caseworker Ann, Joe gets further than he's supposed to, and we are posed with two very important questions: Is Joe really the cold and heartless criminal he appears to be, or is there a heart of gold under that gritty exterior? And does Joe belong with the tough, street-wise Pat, or with the prim, moralizing Ann? Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Bullets! Women! -- Can't Hold a Man Like This!


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26 May 1948 (USA)  »

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Corkscrew Alley  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Ann's car is a 1946 Dodge Custom convertible coupe. New, it cost $1,649 ($20,420 in 2016). In excellent condition, it can now fetch over $50,000 at auction (as of 2016). Practically unchanged from the 1946 through 1949 model years, only 9,500 were made. See more »

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After fixing the car, Oscar tells Joe he should get to Crescent City before Midnight. However when Joe arrives at Grimshaw's in Crescent City, it is broad daylight and the scene on the beach with Ann following the fight at Grimshaw's is in daylight. See more »

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Joseph Emmett Sullivan: I want to breathe. That's why I want out of this place... so I can take a deep breath again.
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This Noir Has Something No Other Movie Has Ever Had:
8 June 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Claire Trevor providing voice-over narration to the accompaniment of a Theramin! What an indelible effect this makes! In a way, it is not the usual sort of narration we find in film noir: Trevor is usually shown as her voice, with that spooky electronic instrument providing harmony, come through on the soundtrack. The standard for this was to have the protagonist (almost always a male) do this but without appearing as he spoke.

Trevor not only appears but indeed appears in a hat with a veil covering her face. This will stick in your memory for years after you've seen it! Trevor helps boyfriend Dennis O'Keefe break out of prison. But a good girl, Marsha Hunt, has also visited and shown interest in them. Which one will he chose: bad but loyal Trevor or goody-goody Hunt? These are both excellent actresses. Marsha Hunt underplays a little bit here. But she is superb.

The movie has a very solid, if somewhat standard plot. But all kinds of things are tossed into the mix -- all to the movie's benefit.

For example, when O'Keefe has settled into his first hide-out, a wife-murderer appears and demands to be given shelter. He's there for a few minutes of screen time but after that his story is dropped.

John Alton's cinematography is superb. Anthony Mann directed this Eagle Lion feature with expert hands. Some of the characters may be losers but the movie is a true winner.


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