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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

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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"You're going too far this time, Torno...the law is breathing down your neck!" (ORIGINAL POSTER) See more »

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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30 September 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Gideon  »

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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

Strecker: You know, Johnny, when you play solitaire you can only beat yourself.
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Ave Maria
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Music by Franz Schubert
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Burr and Raft go after revenge
1 June 2011 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

One man (Raymond Burr) avenges being sent to prison for embezzling from a San Francisco trucking company by having the younger brother, a priest played by Arthur Franz, of the owner of the trucking company (George Raft) killed, shot in cold blood in a hotel room by Burr's prison associate Henry Morgan. The killing itself is impressively done and Morgan looks surprisingly mean. Burr is in top form looking downright menacing, and basically carries a lot of this film, as Raft's part goes way overboard as the vengeful older brother, though the Gideon's Bible angle of the film gives the part some saving grace. Virginia Mayo's role as one of the people who stayed in the hotel room where the murder took place, does not add much, as she is used by Raft to help find the Bible in which there is supposedly a clue to the killer's identity. As well, the great talent of Gene Lockhart gets somewhat squandered in his role as company VP. The role of the Bible itself makes the film a bit of a religious noir, an element that is also captured in some superb cinematography by the great Bert Glennon. The final fifteen minutes do definitely not let one down as Burr and Raft meet in the trucking company office on a rainy night, and the pieces fall efficiently together.


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