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Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1950 (USA)
Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Donald Buka ...
Ritchie Garris
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Terry Romaine
Anthony Ross ...
Police Lt. Masterson
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Leo Cusick
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Romano
Grazia Narciso ...
Mrs. Romano
Madge Blake ...
Mrs. Mallory
Lora Lee Michel ...
Kathy Blake
Jack Del Rio ...
Louis Franissi
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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 »


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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While the city is never identified, the police badges and numbered streets are similar to those used or located in New York City. However, the dispatcher says "KMA 367" over the radio. This FCC call sign was and is registered to the Los Angeles Police Department, and is valid through the year 2025. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the officers rent the flat, Kate gets up from the couch to answer the door and she is wearing black heels. In the following scene when she lays on the couch again, she is wearing lighter colored flat shoes. 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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Forgettable cop drama from early 50s.
22 August 2015 | by (California) – See all my reviews

With World War 2 behind them and Korea in the future, film makers turned to crime dramas, which ultimately bled over into the nascent TV industry. Some of the more memorable police dramas from the 50s include "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (1950), "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1950), "Detective Story" (1951), "The Big Heat" (1953), "The Big Combo" (1955), "The Phenix City Story" (1955), and "Touch of Evil" (1958). Many of these films had film noir elements, but the current film has neither film noir nor anything particularly special to recommend it.

The acting is good, especially from Edmond O'Brien ("The Killers", "The Wild Bunch", "The Barefoot Contessa", "Seven Days in May", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance") The film's director Gordon Douglas ("Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye", "I was a Communist for the FBI", "The Detective", "The Great Missouri Raid", "The Iron Mistress", "Them") keeps the action moving along. But with so many better police dramas from this era, it's hard to recommend this one.


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