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1 July 1950 (USA) See more »
Expose of the $8,000,000,000 gambling syndicate and its hoodlum empire!
An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edmond O'Brien ... Mal Granger

Joanne Dru ... Gail Mason

Otto Kruger ... Carl Stephans
Barry Kelley ... Vince Walters (as Barry Kelly)
Dorothy Patrick ... Trudy Maxwell

Don Porter ... Larry Mason (as Donald Porter)
Howard St. John ... Police Lt. Pete Wright
Robert Osterloh ... Gizzi
Sammy White ... Chippie Evans
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Peterson, Carl's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Phillip Barnes ... (uncredited)
Jay Barney ... Detective Carter (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Chippie's Date (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... (uncredited)
Sidney Dubin ... Mendel Weiss (uncredited)

Bert Freed ... Steve Marshak (uncredited)
William Getts ... Hoover Dam Guide (uncredited)
Edward Grandpere ... (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Boxer (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Kelly, Cop at Boulder Dam (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Al, Las Vegas Bookmaker (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Tim (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Rocco (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Flirty Man at Bar (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Boulder Dam Tourist (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Counterman (uncredited)
Earl Merritt ... (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Joe Gish (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Sonny, Spotter / Henchman (uncredited)
Cleo Moore ... Mal's Date (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Las Vegas Bookmaker (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Bookie in Montage (uncredited)

Walter Sande ... Auto Repair Mechanic (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man at Racetrack (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Dame at Boxing Match (uncredited)
Duke Watson ... (uncredited)
Jack Weiler ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman 
Writing credits
Richard English (written by) and
Francis Swann (written by)

Produced by
Frank N. Seltzer .... producer
Original Music by
Sol Kaplan 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Frank F. Planer)
Film Editing by
Bert Jordan 
Production Design by
Perry Ferguson 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
Costume Design by
Odette Myrtil (gowns)
Makeup Department
Jack Byron .... makeup artist
Ann Locker .... hair stylist
Production Management
Orville Fouse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles L. Smith .... assistant director
Art Department
Arnold Goode .... property master
Sound Department
James F. Gaither Jr. .... sound mixer (as James Gaither)
Visual Effects by
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist (remastered version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Fitzgerald .... camera operator (as Edward Fitzgerald)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Greta Isgrigg .... wardrobe: women
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
Other crew
Edwin Block .... technical advisor (as Edward Block)
William Burns .... technical advisor (as Lt. William Burns)
Jack Herzberg .... dialogue director
Al Teitelbaum .... furrier (as A. Teitelbaum)

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102 min | West Germany:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

"Boulder Dam" is actually Hoover Dam. Congress authorized the Boulder Canyon Dam Project in 1931 and, it being traditional to name big federal dam projects after the sitting President, named it Hoover Dam. Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover in 1932 but could not officially change the name set by Congress. Harold Ickes (FDR's Interior Secretary), however, issued a memo directing that his employees "...will refer to the dam as 'Boulder Dam' in this pamphlet as well as in correspondence and other references...." In 1947, after Roosevelt and Ickes had died, Congress passed a resolution to "restore" the name of Hoover Dam. Until that time, however, all official, tourist and other promotional materials called it "Boulder Dam." The public's recognition with the old name was still apparent in the movie (released in 1950) through the script and the highway signage seen en route.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: After Larry's funeral, after Mal and Gail talk to Carl Stephans and they walk away, the whole filming crew is reflected on the door of Carl's black car.See more »
Chippie Evans:You've sure got the angles, Mal. If it was anybody but Vince he'd give you part of the take.
Mal Granger:He'll cut me in, Chippie. I've got him by the short hairs right now.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)See more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A good, solid Noir effort from O'Brien, 21 July 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This film stars Edmund O'Brien as a scheming and brilliant mobster--a far cry from the good guy roles in Film Noir films such as DOA and WHITE HEAT. It seems that although at the beginning of the film he's a simple worker for the phone company, he is an expert with electronics and phone lines, so he's able to help a small California mob grow until it controlled the entire state's bookmaking operation. Not content to be just a bit player, he works his way up to the top of this mob until the "big boys" back East recognize his worth and they want a piece of the action. At first, things work out well for O'Brien and he becomes very rich with this new arrangement. However, over time, this relationship sours. Eventually, O'Brien's greed and feelings of invulnerability take their toll--leading to a stirring finale at Hoover Dam.

As expected, O'Brien did an excellent job and he was one terrific actor--particularly in his gangster films. O'Brien's love interest is Joanne Dru, who plays a screwed up lady who wants to see O'Brien go straight but does nothing to actually change him and also does a lot to excuse his excesses. The national syndicate is headed by veteran actor Otto Kruger, who does a nice job playing the "sophisticated and cultured" thug. Oddly, Howard St. John plays the honest and determined police detective bent on stopping O'Brien--since in most films St. John plays heavies or weak-willed jerks.

Overall, it was a very engaging and original Noir film. In particular, the electronics angle was very, very high-tech for 1950 and still was intriguing today. Also, while this film isn't so violent or full of colorful Noir lingo, it does have enough to satisfy fans of the genre. Overall, it's a very good film but a far cry from the greatness and excitement of the better examples of Noir due to its occasionally heavy-handed "crime does not pay" message. As for me, I prefer my Noir a bit more on the cold side.

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