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Jigsaw (1949)

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New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy investigates a series of murders and uncovers an extremist group.

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Howard Malloy
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Barbara Whitfield
Myron McCormick ...
Charles Riggs
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Angelo Agostini
Winifred Lenihan ...
Mrs. Hartley
Doe Avedon ...
Caroline Riggs (as Betty Harper)
Hedley Rainnie ...
Sigmund Kosterich
Walter Vaughn ...
District Attorney Walker
George Breen ...
Knuckles
Robert Gist ...
Tommy Quigley
Hester Sondergaard ...
Mrs. Borg
Luella Gear ...
Pet Shop Owner
Alexander Campbell ...
Pemberton
Robert Noe ...
Waldron
Alexander Lockwood ...
Nichols
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When the owner of a printing shop is found dead, the District Attorney assumes that it was a suicide. But the Assistant D.A., Howard Malloy, suspects that there is a connection with an extremist political group called the 'Crusaders'. When a journalist whose articles had attacked the Crusaders is also killed, Malloy is convinced. With help from the widow of a prominent judge, he conducts an investigation. As he does so, he meets a peculiar political boss and also an attractive night club singer, each of whom could become either a source of help or a source of danger. Written by Snow Leopard

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Trapped in the maze of a murderous racket! (dvd) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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11 March 1949 (USA)  »

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Gun Moll  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Barbara Whitfield: You must have smiled at someone the way you smile at me. People should be careful of that smile. People should be careful of a lot of things about you.
Howard Malloy: You know, even angels can get their wings clipped.
Barbara Whitfield: You got scissors for my wings?
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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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Muddled plot
20 July 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jigsaw was an independently produced film based out of New York City that would have us believe there was an American Fascist movement operating out of New York. A kind of Ku Klux Klan for the northeast.

With New York City's polyglot population it does not exactly lend itself to being a good base for such organizations either now or back in 1949. The American public knew it and for that reason it did not buy what Jigsaw was trying to sell.

One of the gimmicks was to have a few big names in some small one or two line roles. Henry Fonda, on Broadway at the time with Mister Roberts is a nightclub waiter, Marlene Dietrich was an entertainer, and John Garfield as a local tough. Sort of like The List of Adrian Messenger later on, but without the makeup.

Jigsaw needed all the help it could get. The plot is muddled beyond belief and the premise is preposterous to begin with. Franchot Tone and the rest of the talented cast are sadly wasted here.


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