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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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When the train is shown pulling into Los Angeles, it has a Pennsylvania Railroad logo on the nose of the locomotive. The Pennsylvania did not serve the west coast - this was obviously stock footage. See more »

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THE CLAY PIGEON (Richard Fleischer, 1949) ***
8 April 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Excellent 'B' noir - from the memorable opening sequence of a close-up of a sleeping man's face, with a couple of hands entering the frame to strangle him, to the exciting train-ride climax, which curiously anticipates the director's own THE NARROW MARGIN (1952) - with a topical, Hitchcockian plot of an amnesiac war veteran, accused of treason and of being party to murder, who goes on the run to prove his innocence. Despite unknown leads (including Bill Williams and Barbara Hale, a married couple in real-life and the parents of BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS [1979] star William Katt, which I unwittingly watched the very same day, and future director Richard Quine!), it's very stylishly handled by an expert in the genre, with special care given to the hero's hallucinatory flashes of his harrowing experiences in a Japanese P.O.W. camp.


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