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Red Light (1949)

The former employee of a trucking company, currently in prison for embezzling the company, plans his eventual revenge against his former boss.

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(story "This Guy Gideon") (as Donald Barry), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Carla North
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Warni Hazard
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Nick Cherney
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Rocky (as Henry Morgan)
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Detective Strecker
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Capt. Jess Torno (Chaplain)
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Ken Murray
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Carlson Hotel Bellhop
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Hotel Night Clerk
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Father Redmond
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Wallace 'Wally' Stoner
Phillip Pine ...
Pablo Cabrillo
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Detective Jim Ryan (as William S. Phillips)
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Trina (as Movita Castenada)
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Nick Cherney, in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at Johnny Torno through his young priest brother Jess. He pays fellow prisoner Rocky, who gets out a week before Nick, to murder Jess...who, dying, tells revenge-minded Johnny that he'd written a clue "in the Bible." Frustrated, Johnny obsessively searches for the missing Gideon Bible from Jess's hotel room. Meanwhile, Nick himself gets out with murder still in his heart. But another factor is in play that none of them (except the murdered Jess) had planned on. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"I'm giving you a job to do, baby...Don't ask questions and you won't get hurt!" (original poster) See more »


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30 September 1949 (USA)  »

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Mr. Gideon  »

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Trivia

The sharp-looking car Johnny is driving when he gives the cops the slip by having one of his trucks block them in is a 1948 Packard Custom Eight Convertible. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Torno: [to Rocky, holding a cookbook] Lookin' for a recipe? Well, you've got one - for trouble!
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Ave Maria
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Music by Franz Schubert
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"Say, are you a dick?"
20 October 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Businessman George Raft is out for blood after his priest brother is murdered. The brother's last words are about a bible so Raft scours the city searching for it, hoping it holds a clue to the identity of his brother's killer. Fine film noir with George Raft bringing a "WB gangster from the '30s" edge to things. It's a really good performance from tough guy Raft. This is about as sensitive as he gets on screen. He even cries in one scene. Great cast backing him up, including Gene Lockhart, Raymond Burr, Barton MacLane, and Harry Morgan. Virginia Mayo provides the lovely. Burr's a memorable heavy. Starts and ends well but middle drags some. Scene with the window washer is pretty cheesy stuff. Final scene is something of an eye-roller.


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