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Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  1 October 1950 (USA)
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Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Stevens ...
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Katharine 'Kate' Mallory
Donald Buka ...
Ritchie Garris
Gale Robbins ...
Terry Romaine
Anthony Ross ...
Police Lt. Masterson
Roland Winters ...
Leo Cusick
Tito Vuolo ...
Romano
Grazia Narciso ...
Mrs. Romano
Madge Blake ...
Mrs. Mallory
Lora Lee Michel ...
Kathy Blake
Jack Del Rio ...
Louis Franissi
Philip Van Zandt ...
Joe Quist
Cliff Bailey ...
Police Sgt. Bailey
Tony Barr ...
Harry Yost
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Storyline

Rocky and Dan, war buddies, are prowl car cops on night duty. Dan is a cynic who views all lawbreakers as scum; Rocky feels more lenient. Both are attracted to the radio voice of communicator Kate Mallory; but in person, Kate proves reluctant to get involved with men who just might stop a bullet. By lucky chance, Rocky and Dan cause big trouble for murderous racketeer Ritchie Garris; but when he swears vengeance, Kate's fears may prove justified. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE STORY OF PROWL CAR 13...BASED ON THE POLICE FILES OF A GREAT CITY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Release Date:

1 October 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prowl Car  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The weapon used by Richie was a .30-cal. M1 carbine. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the car chase, there is a shot of the car running off the road and hitting a tree. The shot from behind the tree shows the police in a different car from the police sedan in the other shots that has a large siren on the passenger side fender. The police car in the crash shot appears to be a Ford station wagon with wood trim on the side. It does not have the siren on the fender. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Barnes: Miss Mallory... Do you mind if I call you Kate?
Katharine Mallory: You might as well. I've a feeling you'll get around to it in a minute anyway.
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Soundtracks

PLEASE DON'T KISS ME
Written by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Performed by Gale Robbins (shown in part only)
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Noir gets a Sense of Humour
10 April 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

An American Cinematheque presentation at The Egyptian.

B-movie, second-feature that plays as a cross between classic noir and serial melodrama. As such, it's easy to see how it's often credited with being a predecessor of the police procedural.

Stevens and O'Brian play two likable LAPD patrol cops. Gale Storm the wholesome new dispatch girl who keeps their attention at night. Most of the movie deals with the growing and affectionately written romance between Stevens and Storm, making the whole thing seem at times like a vintage episode of 'Payton Place'. But make no mistake, we're in noir territory, and it's only a matter of time before we're dealing with gangsters, their molls, heartbreaking tragedy and small children being held from eighth floor windows.

The leads are so charismatic, and the writing so sharp, that it's almost impossible not to like this film. Another little post-war gem of a movie.


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