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The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)

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Successful, newly married Brad Collins once belonged to the Communist Party of the USA, and now the Party will stop at nothing to use him.



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Complete credited cast:
Nan Lowry Collins
Bradley Collins / Frank Johnson
Don Lowry
Janis Carter ...
Christine Norman
Richard Rober ...
Jim Travers
William Talman ...
Paul E. Burns ...
J.T. Arnold
Paul Guilfoyle ...
G. Pat Collins ...
Charlie Dover
Fred Graham ...
Grip Wilson
Harry Cheshire ...
J. Francis Cornwall
Jack Stoney ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bess Flowers ...
Secretary (scenes deleted)


Brad Collins, former stevedore, is rising fast in a shipping company when local communist agitators use his former Party affiliation to extort his help in stirring up trouble. When Brad resists, communist femme fatale Christine works through his brother-in-law Don. But Brad's new wife Nan sees that her husband and brother are under pressure; when she investigates on her own, party boss Vanning takes ruthless action. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

31 October 1950 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

I Married a Communist  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Daniel Mainwaring, author of the beloved noir "Out of the Past," RKO head Howard Hughes used the film "I Married a Communist" to get rid of a lot of writers, directors and actors. If you refused to work in this project, you got fired from the studio. See more »


I Haven't a Thing to Wear
Music by Harry Revel
Played by the band at the Gay Paree nightclub
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Propaganda Aside, A Well-Made Thriller
14 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the slightly hysterical anti-Communist tone, this is a well-made and very well-acted thriller with excellent performances from most of the cast, especially Janis Carter and super-villains Thomas Gomez and William Tallman. John Agar and Larraine Day are also excellent in leading roles; the surprise weak link is Robert Ryan, who fails to bring his usual intensity to his part as a blackmailed ex-Red who can't leave the party. The cinematography is dark and moody, with good use of San Francisco backdrops. The script is not bad either, with a certain amount of very bleak humor which does little to soften the harsh view of most of the characters. Put politics aside and enjoy this noir-ish and entertaining movie!

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