The US secret service goes after a counterfeit ring, whose engraver Eugene Deane has covertly constructed his plates while serving a life sentence in San Quentin. In order to infiltrate the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don DeFore ...
John Riggs / Nick Starnes
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Nora Craig
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Reggie
Barry Kelley ...
Bill Evans
Morris Ankrum ...
Eugene Deane
Robert Osterloh ...
Albert
Charles Cane ...
Harris
Kippee Valez ...
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Frankie
John Harmon ...
Nimble Willie
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Hugh B. Pringle - Treasury Agent
Douglas Spencer ...
Prison Chaplain
Joan Miller ...
Mrs. Clara Evans
William Forrest ...
Prison Warden
Joseph Crehan ...
Burns, Prison Guard
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The US secret service goes after a counterfeit ring, whose engraver Eugene Deane has covertly constructed his plates while serving a life sentence in San Quentin. In order to infiltrate the gang, federal agent John Riggs poses as an Eastern kingpin who wants to purchase a large quantity of the fake currency. During his investigations he falls in love with beautiful Nora Craig... Written by Christof Roscher

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16 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Union 1-1000  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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During the opening montage, there is a shot of a theatre marquee advertising "Red River." Editor Christian Nyby obviously inserted this as an inside-joke hat-tip to himself and cinematographer Russell Harlan, both of whom worked on both pictures. See more »

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Written by Fritz Rotter & Harold Stern
Sung by Kippee Valez
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Pacy T-Man movie from the director of STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR.
14 October 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Pacy T-Man movie, one of only three directed by Boris Ingster, whose STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR is held by many to be the film which kicked off the 'film noir' cycle. A narrative voiceover lends a pseudo-documentary air to the tale of a square-jawed treasury agent, John Riggs (Don DeFore), who is tasked with cracking a counterfeiting ring initiated by a dying master forger from inside his jail cell. Once on the trail, Riggs adopts a false identity in the hope of ingratiating himself with the crooks, and this brings him into contact with larcenously inclined hotel manageress Nora Craig (Andrea King). Although this is fairly standard stuff, with the rather annoying voiceover failing to ratchet up the tension as it did in Kubrick's THE KILLING, Russell Harlan's often moody location cinematography (see also GUN CRAZY & RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11) and King's hardboiled femme, together with one or two nifty, if contrived, twists make this a worthwhile diversion for fans of noir obscura.


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