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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:
Donald Buka ...
Ritchie Garris
Terry Romaine
Anthony Ross ...
Police Lt. Masterson
Leo Cusick
Tito Vuolo ...
Grazia Narciso ...
Mrs. Romano
Madge Blake ...
Mrs. Mallory
Lora Lee Michel ...
Kathy Blake
Jack Del Rio ...
Louis Franissi
Joe Quist
Cliff Bailey ...
Police Sgt. Bailey
Tony Barr ...
Harry Yost


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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Release Date:

1 October 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prowl Car  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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Written by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee
Performed by Gale Robbins (shown in part only)
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cop drama
1 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the people reviewing on this site noticed a similarity to 1952's Turning Point and asked if Hollywood would recycle a film in just two years.

The answer to that is yes, but I think in this case, it was just a coincidence. Studios recycled scripts all the time - they would do it as an A picture, then another time as a B picture. But these are two different studios and the writers are different.

The story is about two police officers who are partners, Rocky Barnes and Dan Purvis (Edmund O'Brien and Mark Stevens) who work the night shift. Purvis is interested in the night call operator (Gale Storm) and wants to meet her. Both men meet her, become interested in her, and take her out to dinner. Turns out her father was a police officer who was killed, and she's not interested in dating cops.

However, thanks to her mother's interfering, they move into the other side of their house, which is for rent. Ultimately she becomes engaged to Purvis, which Barnes accepts with good grace.

Barnes and Purvis are trying to nab a mobster, Ritchie Garris (Donald Buka). They find out that a bigger mobster, Leo Cusick (Roland Winters) is planning on moving in on Garris' territory. When they finally are able to arrest Garris, he threatens to get back at Barnes and Purvis if it's the last thing he does. When he escapes, they're in danger. Police start watching the apartment of his girlfriend, Terry (Gale Robbins).

Pretty good drama with nice performances by all involved.

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