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Backfire (1950)

Passed  -  Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery  -  11 February 1950 (USA)
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While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

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Steve Connelly
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Ben Arno / Lou Walsh
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Lysa Radoff
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Police Capt. Garcia
Frances Robinson ...
Mrs. Blayne
Richard Rober ...
Solly Blayne
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Bonnie Willis (as Shela Stephens)
David Hoffman ...
Burns
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Storyline

Bob Corey, recovering from a series of operations in a Veterans' hospital, learns that his friend, Steve Connelly, with whom he intended to buy a ranch, has disappeared under circumstance that indicate he may have been involved in a murder. Accompanied by his nurse, Julie Benson, with whom he has fallen in love, Bob follows a series of clues and incidents, including three more murders, that leads to a gambler, masquerading as an undertaker to avoid taxes on his illegal income, has a whole lot to do with his friend's predicament. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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That "White Heat" girl turns it on again!..


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11 February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Somewhere in the City  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Completed in October 1948, but not released until 1950. See more »

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Bob Corey(Gordon MacRae) and Julie Benson (Virginia Mayo)are eating dinner and discussing Steve Connelly's(Edmond O'Brien)disappearance they are drinking wine and eating and there is a bottle of wine in the middle of the table next to a burning candle. Just after a close up of MacRae when it goes to a wide shot the plates are gone as is the wine bottle and the glasses. They have been replaced by coffee cups and the waiter asking if they would like more coffee. See more »

Quotes

Bob Corey: [after Quong closes his eyes] Can't you help us, doc? Can't you do something?
Quong's Doctor: [after opening Quong's eyelid] I'm afraid the next time he talks it'll be to his ancestors.
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Soundtracks

Parlez-moi d'amour
(uncredited)
aka "Speak to Me of Love"
Written by Jean Lenoir
Performed by Viveca Lindfors at the nightclub
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A complex and well written film with brilliant cinematography
12 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was quite impressed with the thoughtful, knowledgeable and humorous comments written by so many classic film experts and their keen insights of such a detailed and complicated plot

Since this wonderful noir has been dissected so thoroughly I only have one item to analyze and one other comment to make.

In the beginning of this film Edmund O'Brien jumped out of a window and ran away. The police shot one bullet at him before Ed Begley told the other officer not to take any more shots and risk hitting a taxpayer.

O'Brien was ONLY a person of interest at best and a suspect at worst, but there was NO evidence of any type that he had anything to do with a murder. Why did the police take a shot at him?

P.S. Virginia Mayo did get to star in many musicals, adventure and comedy films during her career, especially from the late 1940s on but probably her 2 best known films were ones in which she played bad girls, "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "White Heat."


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