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The Clay Pigeon (1949)

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Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Bill Williams ...
Jim Fletcher
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Martha Gregory
Richard Quine ...
Ted Niles
Richard Loo ...
Ken Tokoyama - aka The Weasel
Frank Fenton ...
Lt. Cmdr. Prentice
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Navy Hospital Doctor
Marya Marco ...
Mrs. Helen Minoto (as Mary Marco)
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Gunsel Blake
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Miss Harwick - Wheeler's Receptionist
Harold Landon ...
Blind Veteran
James Craven ...
John Wheeler
Grandon Rhodes ...
Naval Intelligence Agent Clark
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Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from the hospital he tries to clear himself by enlisting the aid of Martha Gregory, widow of a service buddy he was accused of informing on. Helped also by Ted Niles, a surviving fellow prisoner, he gets closer to finding the answers he needs, and becomes ensnared in a grandiose scheme involving his Japanese ex-prison guard, $10,000,000 of US currency forged by the Japanese and a burgeoning crime network poised to wreak havoc throughout southern California. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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18 October 1949 (France)  »

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Alma em Sombras  »

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At around the 37min mark, after Martha returns to the hotel from meeting Ted, she unties her jacket. In the next shot, it is tied again. See more »

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A low budget can be worthwhile.
16 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Richard Fleischer who would direct "Barabbas" "fantastic voyage" and "the Boston strangler,not exactly low budget efforts already proves with "clay pigeon" he was a great director from the start.One has sometimes the strange impression to watch a "Mandchurian candidate" in miniature .A nightmarish atmosphere ,a true film noir where trains and cars belt in the night,where an amnesic hero has to fight an unknown enemy .It's really a tour de force to pack so much action (and much of what happens works behind the scenes) in a very short flick (about an hour).The last scenes on the train were probably influenced by Hitchcock's "shadow of a doubt" .This little gem should not be missed.


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