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Act of Violence
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Director:
Writers:
Robert L. Richards (screenplay)
Collier Young (story)
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Release Date:
21 December 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The manhunt no woman could stop!
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Ryan, Heflin as hunter and prey in look at WWII's dark aftermath See more (47 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
All the credits except for the title are at the end of the movie, highly unusual for that time.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the movie Joe Parkson bends the knee of his right leg, the 'lame' leg he has been nearly unable to bend throughout the entire story.See more »
Quotes:
Johnny:[giving Enley a drink] Put hair on your chest!
Frank R. Enley:[he sighs and looks confused and disoriented] Who are you?
Johnny:Me? I'm a businessman. You and me are gonna do a little business. You got dough, friend?
[looking at Pat]
Johnny:That's why they hang around - on the chisel. But not me. I'm gonna earn it!
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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Ryan, Heflin as hunter and prey in look at WWII's dark aftermath, 30 August 2001
Author: bmacv from Western New York

This grim look a couple of demobbed soldiers continuing their private war at home rarely get mentioned in lists of essential noirs; maybe, upon release in 1949, it was just a little too close for comfort -- hinting a truths the victorious American public were unwilling to acknowledge. If so, the film has yet to be rediscovered --or reappraised. Van Heflin is living out the modest American dream in sunny California when into his life strides an old combat buddy, Robert Ryan (at his most menacing, which is nothing to sneeze at). To his wife's (Janet Leigh's) consternation, Heflin takes it on the lam, and slowly we learned what happened, or may have happened, over in a POW camp in the European Theater of War. As Heflin's flight takes him into seedier and more sinister surroundings, he links up with Mary Astor, living on the vague border of prostitution. (After helping to launch the cycle with her spectacular turn as Brigid O'Shaugnessey in The Maltese Falcon, Astor appeared in disappointingly few film noir; her expert performance here makes one wonder why, why, why?) Though the script opts for a strange and bitter "redemptive" ending, the acrid taste of Act of Violence lingers long.

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