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Robert L. Richards (screenplay)
Collier Young (story)
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Release Date:
21 December 1948 (USA) See more »
He's the only one that came out alive ... and now he wants my life ... to atone for the others' See more »
An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (From Trailers from Hell. 16 November 2015, 9:59 PM, PST)

Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Noir 'Act of Violence,' Starring Robert Ryan and Van Heflin
 (From Thompson on Hollywood. 27 January 2014, 12:05 PM, PST)

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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 17 August 2012, 4:07 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Van Heflin ... Frank R. Enley

Robert Ryan ... Joe Parkson

Janet Leigh ... Edith Enley

Mary Astor ... Pat

Phyllis Thaxter ... Ann
Berry Kroeger ... Johnny
Taylor Holmes ... Gavery
Harry Antrim ... Fred
Connie Gilchrist ... Martha

Will Wright ... Pop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Albright ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Rudolph Anders ... German (voice) (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Bystander (uncredited)

Barbara Billingsley ... (voice) (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Heavy Jowled Man (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Bystander (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Conventioneer (uncredited)
Rex Downing ... Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Policeman (uncredited)
Phil Dunham ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ... Bystander (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Hotel Night Clerk (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mahlon Hamilton ... Wino Pedestrian (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Radio Commentator (voice) (uncredited)

Larry Holt ... Georgie Enley (uncredited)
Leslie Holt ... Georgie Enley (uncredited)
Wesley Hopper ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jimmy Kelly ... Bystander (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Policeman (uncredited)
Rocco Lanzo ... Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Ann Lawrence ... Bystander (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Wino Pedestrian (uncredited)
David Newell ... Bystander (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Bystander (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Auto Rental Co. Attendant (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Tim (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... War Vet Speaker at Dedication (uncredited)
Florita Romero ... Girl (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Bell Captain (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... German (voice) (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ... Old Woman (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Veteran (uncredited)
Robert Skelton ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Bartender in Dive (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Conventioneer (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Hotel Day Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Man (uncredited)
Candy Toxton ... Veteran's Wife (uncredited)

Roland Varno ... German (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Waglin ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
Writing credits
Robert L. Richards (screenplay)

Collier Young (story)

Produced by
William H. Wright .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Marton .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Henry Grace .... associate set decorator (as Henry W. Grace)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Stradling Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
André Previn .... conductor
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13275)

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MGM records show the film earned $703,000 in the United States and Canada and $426,000 overseas but lost $637,000 overall.See more »
Continuity: As Parkson (Ryan) gets into the rowboat, there is a stiff breeze, the water is choppy, and a cloudy sky is 'threatening'; a second later, after the tender pushes the boat away from the dock, the lake is calm and breeze-free, and the sky is clear.See more »
Joe Parkson:Sure, I was in the hospital, but I didn't go crazy. I kept myself sane. You know how? I kept saying to myself: Joe, you're the only one alive that knows what he did. You're the one that's got to find him, Joe. I kept remembering. I kept thinking back to that prison camp. One of them lasted to the morning. By then, you couldn't tell his voice belonged to a man. He sounded like a dog that got hit by a truck and left him in the street.See more »
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40 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A minor classic, 24 July 2000
Author: FredMertzForPrez from West Coast

I caught this film on TCM recently. At first I wasn't sure if I would like it but was sucked in thanks to the mystery of why Van Heflin's character was being stalked by Robert Ryan. Revealing why would spoil it for most people, but I highly recommend watching the film. Quite frankly this could be another classic Hollywood film noir, as it takes place in 1940's Los Angeles, and includes many famous landmarks, like the extinct "Angel's Flight."

Janet Leigh, in her fifth film, gives a fine performance as Heflin's concerned wife, and Mary Astor is a real delight as the woman who befriends Heflin in his state of panic.

This would make an excellent remake today, if done in the style of "L.A. Confidential." Catch this film sometime if you can. You'll enjoy it.

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