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George Bruce (screenplay)
Bertram Millhauser (story)
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2 September 1948 (USA) See more »
MURDER OF AN FBI MAN! SMASH UP OF A SPY RING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Louis Hayward ... Philip 'Scotty' Grayson

Dennis O'Keefe ... Daniel F. O'Hara

Louise Allbritton ... Dr. Toni Neva

Carl Esmond ... Dr. Ritter von Stolb

Onslow Stevens ... Igor Braun

Raymond Burr ... Krebs
Art Baker ... Dr. Frederick Townsend

Lowell Gilmore ... Dr. William Forrest

Philip Van Zandt ... Anton Radchek
Charles Evans ... Dr. Homer Allen

Frank Ferguson ... Carl Bemish

Reed Hadley ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Bryar ... Ivan (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Fred, FBI Chemist (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... FBI Agent Potter (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... G.W. Hunter (uncredited)

Myron Healey ... FBI Agent Thompson (uncredited)
Marten Lamont ... FBI chemist (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... FBI Agent Alison (uncredited)

Howard Negley ... Feodore (uncredited)

Steve Pendleton ... Police Detective Gaines (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Cop (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Adolph Mizner (uncredited)

Keith Richards ... FBI Agent Miller (uncredited)

Suzanne Ridgway ... Extra at Murder Scene (uncredited)
Tamara Shayne ... Mrs. Ecko, Landlady (uncredited)

Arthur Space ... Mr. North (uncredited)

Gale Storm ... Voice on Tape Recorder (uncredited)
William Tannen ... FBI Chemist (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Plant Worker (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Curly (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Bruce  screenplay
Bertram Millhauser  story

Produced by
Edward Small .... producer
Grant Whytock .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Cinematography by
George Robinson 
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom 
Art Direction by
Rudolph Sternad 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
Makeup Department
Margaret Martin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph Small .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Colman .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Dalton .... grip (uncredited)
Ken Lobben .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward P. Lambert .... wardrobe manager (as Edward Lambert)
Other crew
Dorothy B. Cormack .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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91 min | France:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Hands Across The Pond, 12 March 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Walk A Crooked Mile finds Louis Hayward as a Scotland Yard man and Dennis O'Keefe as an FBI agent finding themselves on the same case in their respective countries. Finding it convenient and necessary they join forces to track down Communist spies looking to steal data on an unnamed atomic project in southern California.

Columbia Pictures was imitating the documentary style drama so popularized at 20th Century Fox by Henry Hathaway with such films as The House On 92nd Street, The Street With No Name, and Call Northside 777. Certainly Hayward and O'Keefe are a stalwart pair of agents defending their respective country's interests in the Cold War.

This whole thing begins with a murder of an FBI man who was right in the middle of calling O'Keefe with some hot news about a suspected Communist he was trailing. O'Keefe is the head of security at a defense plant where atomic research is being done. It doesn't take a man versed in rocket science to know something big is afoot. Along the way Hayward comes into the case and the two of them track down the espionage that's been going on.

Onslow Stevens as the brains and Raymond Burr as the muscle in the Communist cell are a fine pair of heavies. Atomic scientists suspected of the treason include Carl Esmond, Louise Allbritton, Art Baker, Lowell Gilmore and Charles Evans. One of them's a dirty red.

When Burr gets the drop on Hayward and O'Keefe temporarily, they get some help from landlady Tamara Shayne. It's a good small role and she steals the film from all the rest.

Cooperation on espionage cases is nothing new. We're seeing it now in the War on Terror. The Rosenberg case was started because of the original apprehension of Klaus Fuchs by British Intelligence who traced the activity to America. The Igor Gouzenko espionage case was solved by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada.

By the way, one wonders if the unnamed atomic project they were all concerned about was the hydrogen bomb. Nuclear fusion was just starting to get out of the theoretical stage at this time.

Walk A Crooked Mile is not a bad spy film. Another cinema tribute to the FBI in peace and war.

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