A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences.

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Georgie Garsell
Paul Kelly ...
Captain Walter Anderson
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Harriet Sinton
Paul Harvey ...
Emil Lorrison
Edmon Ryan ...
Victor Backett
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Stanley Simon
Edwin Max ...
Nick Drumman (as Ed Max)
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Lucille 'Lucky' Colner
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Larry Giff
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Harold Simpsen
John Gallaudet ...
Gus Heldon
Esther Somers ...
Mrs. Malby
Harry Antrim ...
Mr. Malby
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Storyline

Joe Norson, a poor letter carrier with a sweet, pregnant wife, yields to momentary temptation and steals $30,000 belonging to a pair of ruthless blackmailers who won't stop at murder. After a few days of soul-searching, Joe offers to return the money, only to find that the "friend" he left it with has absconded. Now every move Joe makes plunges him deeper into trouble, as he's pursued and pursuing through the shadowy, sinister side of New York. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Fate dropped thirty thousand dollars in his lap! See more »


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23 March 1950 (USA)  »

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La rue de la mort  »

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Film debut of Ben Cooper. See more »

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Capt. Walter Anderson: New York City: an architectural jungle where fabulous wealth and the deepest squalor live side by side. New York is the busiest, the loneliest, the kindest, and the cruelest of cities - a murder a day, every day of the year and each murder will wind up on my deak.
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EASY TO LOVE
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Written by Cole Porter (1936)
Sung by Jean Hagen (dubbed)
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The Ineffectual Farley Granger
18 December 2005 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

It's always fun to watch Farley Granger sweat bullets over a screw-up. This time the part-time letter carrier stumbles upon a quick way to pick up a couple of hundred bucks so that his pregnant wife can have all the good things in life, namely a private room at the hospital. When he ends up with a bit more cash than he bargains for, he begins to behave every bit as stupidly and nonsensically as you would expect him to. Anthony Mann skillfully keeps the usual suspect noir elements in the mix. Jean Hagen plays the saloon singer who prefers to drink her meals at the improbable club Les Artistes. James Craig plays the big lug with a shady past and the police detectives including the frog throated Charles McGraw have plenty of colorful characters to question. But it's Farley Granger who keeps the ball rolling. You never know what dumb move he'll make next.


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