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Herman J. Mankiewicz (screen play)
Vicki Baum (novel)
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Release Date:
7 February 1949 (USA) See more »
Susan is in the hospital with a bullet near her heart. Marian has told the police that she shot Susan in a rage as Susan was giving up singing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maureen O'Hara ... Marian Washburn

Melvyn Douglas ... Luke Jordan

Gloria Grahame ... Susan Caldwell

Bill Williams ... Lee

Victor Jory ... Brook Matthews

Mary Philips ... Mrs. Fowler

Jay C. Flippen ... Fowler

Robert Warwick ... Roberts
Curt Conway ... Doctor

Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Matthews
Virginia Farmer ... Mollie

Ellen Corby ... Nurse

Emory Parnell ... Desk Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Aldrich ... Policeman (uncredited)
C. Bakaleinikoff ... Conductor - Studio Recording Session (uncredited)
Guy Beach ... Policeman (uncredited)
Conrad Binyon ... Tommy - Messenger Boy (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Mr. Pierson (uncredited)
Raymond Bond ... Dr. Ferris (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Ship's Waiter (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Policeman (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Radio Director (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... French Baker (uncredited)
George Douglas ... Policeman (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Donna Gibson ... Girl (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Harold - Matthews' Butler (uncredited)

Paul Guilfoyle ... Radio Program Moderator (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Fred - Fowler's Assistant (uncredited)
John Laing ... WLR Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Robert Malcolm ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Rory Mallinson ... Police Lt. Benson (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Algerian Waiter (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... News Photographer (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Mr. Emory (uncredited)
Frederic Nay ... Ship's Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Norman Nesbitt ... Announcer (uncredited)
John Parrish ... Professor Paul Camelli (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Police Clerk - District Attorney's Office (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Bill Purington ... Intern (uncredited)

Suzanne Ridgway ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Rourke ... Announcer (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Show Spectator (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Policeman-Guard - Hospital Recovery Room (uncredited)
Ralph Stein ... Mr. Harris (uncredited)
Evelyn Underwood ... Girl (uncredited)
Loreli Vitek ... Waitress (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Algerian Piano Player (uncredited)
Lynn Whitney ... Actress (uncredited)
Bernice Young ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
Writing credits
Herman J. Mankiewicz (screen play)

Vicki Baum (novel "Mortgage on Life")

Produced by
Herman J. Mankiewicz .... producer
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography) (as George Diskant)
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
Production Design by
Clark Burke (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino  (as Albert D'Agostino)
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
James R. Barker .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Fae M. Smith .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
William Dorfman .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doran Cox .... assistant director
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Francis M. Sarver .... sound (as Frank Sarver)
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
S.H. Barton .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jim Kurley .... grip (uncredited)
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry J. Wild .... cinematographer: additional scene (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Dore Schary .... presenter
Mercy Weireter .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13028)

Did You Know?

Nicholas Ray and Gloria Grahame met while shooting this film. They were married in Las Vegas shortly after completing the film. They chose Las Vegas because Ray loved to gamble and to allow Grahame to get a quickie divorce (after the required six weeks of residency in Nevada) from actor Stanley Clements. The day the divorced was granted, the two married.See more »
Factual errors: Characters refer to the Luger as a revolver when it is actually a semi-automatic pistol.See more »
Susan Caldwell aka Estrellita:I think I'll take a little water first. It clears your throat you know.
[gulps water for twelve seconds]
Luke Jordan:All clear?
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32 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Good drama, 8 March 1999
Author: ( from Mountain View, Ca.

Maureen O'Hara should have been a star, she was a brilliant singer but her vocal chords gave out just as she was about to make it big. Rather than fade away, she used her formidable drive and intelligence to manage another singer to stardom, the lovely but dense Gloria Grahame. As the movie opens she is arrested for shooting Grahame, and the movie tells their story in flashback form.

I liked this movie a lot, it's intelligent and engrossing, and one of the few films of the period to focus on the relationship between two women. They need each other to achieve anything, but are complete opposites. O'Hara is focused, driven, smart, savvy and lives for her work; and Grahame is a dim-witted, good-natured bimbo who'd just like to enjoy life. The conflicts between them grow and grow as the movie progresses, building up until we come back to the shooting of Grahame.

The performances are good, as they should be in a character-driven film like this. O'Hara is as strong and smart as she usually is, and enjoys the chance to explore feelings not found in her usual romantic roles. It's priceless to watch her react to Grahame's blitherings. Grahame gives one of her best performances here (I've never been impressed with any others, truth to tell), she has a lovely time dropping bricks in polite company and blithely accepting the adoration of every man she meets.

Worth a look if you're in a mood for interesting people, not explosions.

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