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Frank Fenton (screen play)
Manuel Seff (based on a story by) ...
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Release Date:
14 October 1950 (USA) See more »
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Joseph Cotten ... Chris Hale aka Steve

Alida Valli ... Elaine Corelli (as Valli)

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Brentman

Paul Stewart ... Whitey Lake
Jack Paar ... Ray Healy
Jeff Donnell ... Gwen

John McIntire ... Morgan
Howard Petrie ... Bowen
Frank Puglia ... A.J. Corelli
Esther Dale ... Miss Thompson
Marlo Dwyer ... Mabel
Robert Ellis ... Skating Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Barrows ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Ruth Brady ... Tobacco Clerk (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Tobacco Clerk (uncredited)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Carolers (uncredited)
Frank Clarke ... Plane Pilot (uncredited)
James Conaty ... New Year's Eve Celebrant (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Office Messenger (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Bowen's Henchman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... New Year's Celebrant (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... Florist (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Gambler (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Worker (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Worker (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Detective Taking Chris to Prison (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Gambler (uncredited)
John Merton ... Bowen's Henchman (uncredited)
John Miljan ... Old Man (uncredited)
Lillian Nicholson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Worker in Pay Line (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Custodian on Stairway (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Bowen Employee (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... New Year's Celebrant (uncredited)
Mel Wixon ... Policeman (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Secretary (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Jake, Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Frank Fenton (screen play)

Manuel Seff (based on a story by) (as Manny Seff) and
Paul Yawitz (based on a story by)

Produced by
Dore Schary .... executive producer
Robert Sparks .... producer
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild 
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Alfred Herman 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller 
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Production Management
Fred Fleck .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Richard Van Hessen .... sound
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jim Kirley .... grip (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Richard Kinon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Completed in 1948, copyrighted in 1949, but not released until 1950.See more »
Whitey Lake:I'm not like you. I have blood in my veins.See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Good Film, 15 May 2006
Author: hcoursen from United States

This one features a typically restrained performance by Cotton, a strong depiction of his weasly partner and moral antithesis by Paul Stewart and, as always, good supporting work by the ebullient Spring Byington. The star, however, is Valli, who moves from a vulnerable cripple to a radiant smile as some kids sing a Christmas carol to her through the window of Cotton's wonderful Packard convertible. The film may end unconvincingly, as some auditors argue, but at least it ends in a minor key. The effective opening 3/4 may have earned that ending. But see it for Valli, who (as someone suggested) should have gotten an Oscar for this one.

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