MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 568 this week

Ruthless (1948)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir  |  6 May 1949 (Finland)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 653 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 22 critic

Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jun 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ruthless" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ruthless (1948)

Ruthless (1948) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ruthless.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King
Cry Danger (1951)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman
Cry Vengeance (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Violent ex-cop Vic Barron comes to Ketchikan, Alaska seeking revenge on an old enemy.

Director: Mark Stevens
Stars: Mark Stevens, Martha Hyer, Skip Homeier
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Julie Bronson (Jean Parker), whose father, "Pop" Bronson (Emmett Lynn) operates a desert café, is attracting the unwanted attention of a half-crazed gangster known as The Ghost (Ricardo ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Jean Parker, Emmett Lynn
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Vincent Van Der Lyn, a Dutch freedom fighter in WWII, is forced to neutral Lisbon to escape the Nazis. There he meets a small band of underground conspirators. The group's leader, Ricardo ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet
Alimony (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A promising young composer is tempted away from his devoted wife by a fortune-seeking woman who cares more for his prospects than for him.

Director: Alfred Zeisler
Stars: Martha Vickers, John Beal, Hillary Brooke
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne
Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Raymond Bond
Crime | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Mexico, at the dawn of the automobile, modern bandit Santiago burglarizes train freight cars and falls in love with a poor farmer's wife.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Betta St. John, Eugene Iglesias
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Franchot Tone, Janet Blair, Janis Carter
The Cavern (1964)
War | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Adventure drama during WW2 in Italy where a mixed group of people get trapped inside a cave after a bomb raid. But can they co-operate? And will they survive?

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: John Saxon, Rosanna Schiaffino, Larry Hagman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Scott ...
...
...
Martha Burnside / Mallory Flagg
...
Buck Mansfield
Lucille Bremer ...
Christa Mansfield
...
Susan Duane
Dennis Hoey ...
Mr. Burnside
Edith Barrett ...
Mrs. Burnside
...
Pete Vendig
Joyce Arling ...
Kate Vendig
Charles Evans ...
Bruce McDonald
Robert J. Anderson ...
Horace Vendig as Child (as Bob Anderson)
Arthur Stone ...
Ann Carter ...
Martha Burnside as Child
Edna Holland ...
Libby Sims
Edit

Storyline

Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by richer neighbours he started to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Lovely! (Diana Lynn) Reckless! (Lucille Bremer) Loyal! (Louis Hayward) Power-Mad! (Zachary Scott) Vicious! (Sydney Greenstreet) Innocent! (Martha Vickers) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 May 1949 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Prelude to Night  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Terra Distributors VHS copy is a truncated version, running only 86 minutes, not the complete version. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Burnside: [to unhappy young Horace] Be brave. Be a man.
Horace Vendig as Child: I don't want to be a man. Never! I wish there weren't any men in the whole world.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Edgar G Ulmer with an A production
28 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

I just returned from an American Cinemateque screening of a UCLA restored print of this movie. Here is ample evidence that Ulmer, the King of the B's, given bigger budgets might well have had a much bigger career. Detour may be his most famous movie, but this is his best. The Alvah Bessie screenplay about greed and the relentless pursuit of success has dated not at all. The cinematography is excellent, with strong noirish elements. The sets and costumes are very good. Zachary Scott, one of the screen's great cads, is somewhat toned down here if still fairly nasty. There is strong work by Diana Lynn, Lucille Bremer, and Martha Vickers as women who get used and discarded along the way. Sidney Greenstreet shows up mid film as an equally greedy and grasping character, dominating all his scenes. But the standout, unexpectedly, is Louis Hayward as a sympathetic boyhood friend and link to the entire storyline. Ulmer brings out more warmth in this actor that was usually seen. Raymond Burr has a small part early in his career when he seemed to be copying Laird Cregar as Scott's father seen in flashback. Ulmer's daughter this evening explained that the studio Eagle-Lion/Paramount cut some scenes just before release with a particularly anti-capitalist tone. I hope the footage still exists somewhere. That aside, it is thoroughly accomplished film that needs no explanation or apologies. The current recession gives it renewed meaning. Hopefully a DVD release will soon follow.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Ruthless (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?