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Red Light (1949)

Passed  -  Crime | Film-Noir | Drama  -  30 September 1949 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johnny Torno
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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
Arthur Franz ...
Capt. Jess Torno (Chaplain)
Ken Murray ...
Ken Murray
Stanley Clements ...
Carlson Hotel Bellhop
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Hotel Night Clerk
Arthur Shields ...
Father Redmond
Frank Orth ...
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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RAFT IS ON THE PROWL FOR BIG GAME with luscious Virginia Mayo as his "killer bait!" (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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30 September 1949 (USA)  »

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United Artists 1949 publicity release for newspapers: "The sweaters and skirts Virginia Mayo wears in "Red Light" were all purchased in Paris, when Miss Mayo was there after attending a Command Performace in London. They were designed by the famous French dressmaker, Henri de la Penses." See more »

Quotes

Carla North: You can't take the law into your own hands! Things aren't done that way!
Johnny Torno: That depends on who's doing them.
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Ave Maria
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Music by Franz Schubert
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Mystifying title for a revenge crime melodrama featuring George Raft and The Bible...
30 November 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

With so much of this gangster melodrama revolving around the Gideon Bible holding the clue to the murderer, it's no wonder that Dimktri Tiomkin plays up the pious "Ave Maria" every time any mention of "the clue" is made. George Raft's monotone voice and intense expression never changes much throughout, but he's convincing as a man on a mission to find and kill his brother's murderer.

Along the way, he enlists the aid of the lovely Virginia Mayo, who helps him track down the killer while reminding him that his brother was strictly a "Thou shalt not kill" sort of Army Chaplain. Thus, the grim ending for the killer comes not from Raft but providence when he's disposed of quite dramatically.

Raymond Burr plays the "heavy," a sadistic thug who seems to enjoy every kill, even if it means pushing a man off a train or having a truck falling on top of a man in hiding. A good cast, including Arthur Franz as Raft's brother, Gene Lockhart, Harry Morgan, Barton MacLane, Ken Murray, William Frawley and Arthur Shields. Virginia Mayo gives an excellent performance as the gutsy gal who helps Raft in his quest to find a killer.

Trivia: Interesting to note that most of the supporting cast would go on to TV fame in an era when that medium was just starting to give film players some iconic breaks.

Summing up: Good revenge melodrama with film noir touches.


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