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Charles Schnee (screenplay)
Nicholas Ray (adaptation)
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Release Date:
5 November 1949 (USA) See more »
"We're in a Jam!" See more »
An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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I think this film holds up well and is well worth watching. See more (46 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cathy O'Donnell ... Keechie

Farley Granger ... Bowie
Howard Da Silva ... Chickamaw

Jay C. Flippen ... T-Dub
Helen Craig ... Mattie

Will Wright ... Mobley
William Phipps ... Young Farmer

Ian Wolfe ... Hawkins
Harry Harvey ... Hagenheimer
Marie Bryant ... Singer

Will Lee ... Jeweler
James Nolan ... Schreiber (as Jim Nolan)
Charles Meredith ... Comm. Hubbell
Teddy Infuhr ... Alvin
Byron Foulger ... Lambert
Guy Beach ... Plumber (as Guy L. Beach)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Allen ... Woman (uncredited)
Paul Bakanas ... Shadow (uncredited)
Regan Callais ... Young Wife (uncredited)
Lewis Charles ... Auto Lot Attendant (uncredited)
Curt Conway ... Man in Tuxedo (uncredited)
Suzi Crandall ... Lulu (uncredited)
Helen Crozier ... Nurse (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Herman (uncredited)

Gail Davis ... Girl at Parking Lot (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Boy at Parking Lot (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... Bum (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Groom (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Mrs. Haviland (uncredited)
N.L. Hitch ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
J. Louis Johnson ... Restroom Porter (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Waiter in Nightclub (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Cop (uncredited)
Kate Drain Lawson ... Tillie (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Robert Mansfield, Mattie's Husband (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Mrs. Schaeffer (uncredited)
Marilyn Mercer ... Bride (uncredited)
Carmen Morales ... Mother on Bus (uncredited)
Jimmy Moss ... Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Stanley Prager ... Short Order Man (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford ... Doctor (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Shadow (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Tailor (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Man (uncredited)
Lynn Whitney ... Waitress (uncredited)
Douglas Williams ... Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
Writing credits
Charles Schnee (screenplay)

Nicholas Ray (adaptation)

Edward Anderson (novel "Thieves Like Us")

Produced by
John Houseman .... producer
Dore Schary .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Alfred Herman  (as Al Herman)
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Maurice Yates (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Adele Balkan (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Helen Grizuk .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
James H. Anderson .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Lane .... assistant director
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... sound (as John Cass)
Clem Portman .... sound
Roy Meadows .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects (as Russell A.Cully)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Bergholz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Ivano .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... Cathy O'Donnell and Farley Granger appear by arrangement with
Dore Schary .... presenter
Knute Flint .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Mercy Weireter .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #12567)

Did You Know?

The opening helicopter shot was the first scene that Nicholas Ray ever directed.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The breeze on the bushes makes it obvious that a helicopter is shooting the opening scene.See more »
Arthur 'Bowie' Bowers:[waking up mother on bus] M'am, you're baby's crying.
Mother on bus:Well, I've been on the bus three days. When we get to the next stop, I'll fix her bottle.
[ignoring the baby and going back to sleeo]
Mother on bus:Till then, I just don't care.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
I think this film holds up well and is well worth watching., 19 February 2005
Author: ronb828 from United States

This is a very good film noir movie with excellent performances from the leads Farley Granger (of Hitchcock's "Rope" and "Strangers on a Train" and another great film noir movie "The Edge of Doom") and Cathy O'Donnell, whom I have not seen in any other role. Howard Da Silva also gives an excellent performance as a "one-eyed lush" of a gangster. I saw this movie as a teenager when it first came out and had not seen it since until recently, but I still think it holds up well as a movie well worth watching. Farley Granger, who tired of being cast as a "pretty boy" in trouble with the law and sought his fortunes elsewhere, in Europe, was a big loss to American movies.

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