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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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Bradley Collins / Frank Johnson
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Don Lowry
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Vanning
Janis Carter ...
Christine Norman
Richard Rober ...
Jim Travers
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Bailey
Paul E. Burns ...
J.T. Arnold
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Ralston
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Charlie Dover
Fred Graham ...
Grip Wilson
Harry Cheshire ...
J. Francis Cornwall
Jack Stoney ...
Garth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bess Flowers ...
Secretary (scenes deleted)
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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I can't love a man who is worse than a gangster! See more »

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31 October 1950 (Portugal)  »

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I Married a Communist  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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William Talman's first movie role. See more »

Soundtracks

One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played when Nan and Bailey are dancing in the Gay Paree nightclub
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McCarthyism Rules This Film
12 October 2005 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

RKO studio was making some terrific noir films during the late 40's and used that same formula in this 1950 thriller. The problem with the film arises because of the Red scare propagated by Senator Joseph McCarthy who saw "commies" behind every tree. The Red scare theme dates the story to the point that it is almost embarrassing........but it is still worth seeing.

Robert Ryan, who was such a powerful actor, stars as a successful man who once was a Communist, lured by his then-mistress, played by Janis Carter. He has now moved on with his life, married to Laraine Day and has learned to love the "American way". Trouble rears its ugly head as labor union troubles bring his old cronies out of the woodwork and the fun begins.

This film played on the fears of 1950's audiences and it is hard to relate to those feelings now; however, the craftsmanship of the film is quite good and the players are up to their usual standards. Of course, the exception is John Agar,who as always is bad, bad, bad. So for a look at another time when people built bomb shelters and suspected their neighbors of being "fellow travelers", take a gander at this film. It's a time capsule unto itself.


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