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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
26 December 1949 (Sweden) See more »
Tagline:
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Plot:
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Not a tough gritty noir by any stretch of the imagination but instead a fun crime drama See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Lt. Duke Halliday

Jane Greer ... Joan Graham

William Bendix ... Capt. Vincent Blake

Patric Knowles ... Jim Fiske

Ramon Novarro ... Inspector General Ortega
Don Alvarado ... Lt. Ruiz

John Qualen ... Julius Seton
Pascual García Peña ... Manuel (as Pascual Garcia Pena)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregorio Acosta ... Chaney (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Morales (uncredited)
Henry Carr ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Edward Colebrook ... Mexican Tourist (uncredited)
Bing Conley ... Dockhand (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Purser (uncredited)
Alphonse Du Bois ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Vendor (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... American Tourist (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... Pastry Vendor (uncredited)
Eliso Gamboa ... Vendor (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Madden the Guard (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ... Cole (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ... Vendor (uncredited)
José Loza ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Margarito Luna ... Attendant (uncredited)
Primo López ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Dorothy Mitchum ... Tourist (uncredited)
Carmen Morales ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lillian O'Malley ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Purser (uncredited)
Beatriz Ramos ... Carmencita (uncredited)
Tony Roux ... Parrot Vendor (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Dockhand (uncredited)
Dimas Sotello ... Vendor (uncredited)
Arturo Soto Rangel ... Pedro (uncredited)
Alfredo de Soto ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Alfonso Sánchez Tello ... Basguez (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Guitar Vendor (uncredited)
Juan Varro ... Bit Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Don Siegel 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes) &
Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay)

Richard Wormser (story "The Road to Carmichael's")

Produced by
Jack J. Gross .... producer
Sid Rogell .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Carla Hadley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Edward Killy .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Phil Brigandi .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
 
Stunts
Terry Wilson .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jim Kurley .... grip (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Salvador Baguez .... technical adviser
Richard Kinon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1997) | USA:Approved (certificate #13635) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
The shooting schedule had to be rearranged to accommodate Robert Mitchum's 43 day stay in prison for marijuana possession.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Duke Halliday:[to Joan] I'm the kind of guy who doesn't like to turn around, Chiquita. Besides, that there's a guy behind me with a gun. Remember?See more »
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Not a tough gritty noir by any stretch of the imagination but instead a fun crime drama, 16 November 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Jane and Duke meet in Vera Cruz, where they have both come to find Jim Friske – Jane because she is missing $2000, Duke because Friske has stolen hundreds of thousands that Duke has been accused of stealing. Duke himself is being pursued by Captain Blake to get the money back and bring him to justice. Duke gives Blake the slip but Friske gets away from all of them; believing Jane to know more than she is letting on Duke limpets to her to get to Friske, only for both of them to get pulled in front of the local Inspector General Ortega. All these players dance around one another as each tries to get what they want while also protecting themselves from the others.

Opening with a couple of sudden slaps and punches I assumed this was going to be a very rough pot-boiler but in fact it turned out to be not only tough but also pretty amusing and slick. The basic plot is a bit contrived and requires all the characters to be able to move around one another without getting an easy solution. This does produce some amusing interactions as the story stays quite tight on the way to a nicely twisty conclusion. It isn't dark enough or strong enough to be classed as a serious crime thriller or noir (which it absurdly is listed as by this site) but it is certainly entertaining and tough enough to be worth checking out.

The cast really help and seem to "get" the tone of the material. Mitchum is tough but has a good humour about him that sets up the rest of the film; he has judged it well and his easy charm gives him chemistry with Greer. She is also good – light and sassy without straying too much outside of the role of needy female. Bendix is tough and flustered in a good way while Knowles makes for quite a nice relaxed thief that sits well with the playing that the script requires him and the other characters to do. Novarro is a fun addition and he works well as the observer in the background.

Overall this is not a tough gritty noir that it may appear to be from the period and those involved but it is still a fun crime drama. It is occasionally quite rough while also having a slight caper feel to it but the overall impact is one of quite a slick and enjoyable film that makes up for in fun what it loses in grit.

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