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Herman J. Mankiewicz (screen play)
Vicki Baum (novel)
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Release Date:
5 March 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 Crenshaw

Victor Jory ... Brook Matthews
Mary Philips ... Mrs. Mary Fowler

Jay C. Flippen ... Detective Inspector Jim Fowler
Robert Warwick ... Assistant District Attorney 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 Ridgeway ... 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  (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

Also Known As:
84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:S | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original 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 »
Luke Jordan:[to Inspector Fowler] I've told you we're going to keep talking about this until we stumble on something or other that will clear it up.
Mrs. Fowler:I've known for a long time that detective work was stumbling.
[to her husband]
Mrs. Fowler:How come you didn't catch on?
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Let Him Go, Let Him TarrySee more »


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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A Poor Mans 'All About Eve', 16 June 2005
Author: Cicerosaurus from Brisbane, Australia

Maureen O'Hara loses her voice to one of those strange diseases that abound in movies, and drives a young woman (Gloria Grahame) as an understudy. That is where the fun begins. The story is told in flashback, and is reminiscent of All About Eve, although as if told in reverse. Melvyn Douglas is a forerunner of Addison de Witt and the viewer can see resemblances in the other characters. This is probably one of Gloria Grahames' best performances, with Melvyn Douglas giving a polished display and Jay C Flippen as the Police Inspector a delight. The end is a trifle weak, and slightly confusing, but this sleeper is a great little time filler. Don't expect it ever to appear in any list of greatest movies of all time however.

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