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Director:
Writers:
Charles Bennett (screenplay)
Leo Rosten (story)
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Release Date:
14 July 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She's tempting to look at - dangerous to know! See more »
Plot:
A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, becomes involved in the death of her husband, and has to flee with her to the Mexican border. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Brilliant direction, spellbinding performances See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Jeff Cameron

Faith Domergue ... Margo

Claude Rains ... Mr. Lannington

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Julie
Charles Kemper ... Police Chief
Ralph Dumke ... Klauber
Billy House ... Mr. Bogardus
Harry Shannon ... Dr. Maynard
Philip Van Zandt ... Milo DeLong

Jack Kelly ... Dr. Mullenbach
Lillian West ... Mrs. Bogardus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Nurse Clerk (uncredited)
Philip Ahlm ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Carlos Albert ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Marie Allison ... Girl (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Dr. Matthews (uncredited)
Tol Avery ... Honest Hal, Used Cars (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Man (uncredited)
Gene Barnes ... Tipsy Youth (uncredited)
Phil Boutelje ... Pianist (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Woman (uncredited)
Clifford Brooke ... Lanningtons' Butler (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Nurse (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Attendant (uncredited)
Bob Coleman ... Airport Official (uncredited)
Amilda Cuddy ... Hawaiian (uncredited)
Herschel Daugherty ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Postville Deputy (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Intern (uncredited)

Julia Faye ... Nurse Seymour (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Maxine Gates ... Girl in Act (uncredited)
William E. Green ... Doctor (uncredited)
Florence Hamblin ... Hawaiian (uncredited)
Betty Hannon ... Girl (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Postville Cowboy (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Policeman (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Postville Cowboy (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man (uncredited)
Don House ... Policeman (uncredited)

Sherry Jackson ... Girl in Iron Lung (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Policeman (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Observer at Scene (uncredited)
Marvin Jones ... Policeman (uncredited)
Geraldine Jordan ... Woman (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Cosey - Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Postville Cowboy (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Linda Leighton ... Airport Announcer (uncredited)
Ruth Lewis ... Nurse Collins (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ... Mexican (uncredited)
Grace MacNaughton ... Girl (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... Cashier (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Policeman at Roadblock (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Policeman (uncredited)
Elaine Riley ... Nurse Bates (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Pablo (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Quartz Miner (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Quartz Miner (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Man (uncredited)

Angela Stevens ... Woman (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Assistant Clerk (uncredited)
David Stollery ... Dickie - Boy Patient (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Customs Officer (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Sheriff Joe Borden (uncredited)
Marie Thomas ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Waiter (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Annie, Nurse (uncredited)
Duke York ... Postville Cowboy (uncredited)

Directed by
John Farrow 
 
Writing credits
Charles Bennett (screenplay)

Leo Rosten (story)

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... associate producer
Irving Cummings Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
John Sturtevant 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Layne Britton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gale McGarry .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Edward Donahue .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
John E. Tribby .... sound (as John Tribby)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Beckett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Clement .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Irwin Allen .... presenter
Irving Cummings Jr. .... presenter
Irving Cooper .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Iceland:12 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #14337) | USA:TV-PG (tv rating)

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Trivia:
The name of Maureen O'Sullivan's character is "Julie Dorn". "Dorn" was the original stage name of leading lady Faith Domergue.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Jeff Cameron:[rubbing his head] My head hurts. Feels like it's exploding.
[looking out the car window]
Dr. Jeff Cameron:Aren't we going pretty fast?
Margo Lannington:We need to go fast!
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant direction, spellbinding performances, 24 December 2007
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is in the top rank of noir films. John Farrow's direction is absolutely brilliant, and raises this film to its high level of excellence. Faith Domergue, aged 26, is at her most succulent, petulant, and at the very highest end of the fatale spectrum. Her luscious lips are lingered over by the camera, her misty eyes, her welcoming and lingering look, how could Robert Mitchum resist? And he doesn't. But in noir, the bigger-eyed and more soulful the dame is, the deeper are her problems. Faith turns out to be seriously psychologically disturbed, indeed psychotic, whingeing that 'nobody pities me' after smothering her much older husband to death. Claude Rains is perfect as the husband. He is not on screen for long (Faith sees to that), but he sets the tone for the whole ensuing saga of desperate, paranoid fear and flight. It is true that this film, while appearing to show reality in a brutally frank and straightforward manner, becomes increasingly surreal. There is a brilliant cameo by Tol Avery as 'Honest Hal the used car salesman', which is terrifying in its contrast of bonhomie and jollity with sinister and unscrupulous manipulation. As Mitchum and Domergue run and run, trying to reach the Mexican border, they seem to be taking parallel journeys inside their own minds, which is truly 'where danger lives'. Mitchum has much more opportunity to do some real acting in this film than usual, and does it very well indeed. He spends much of the film concussed after a blow on the head with a fire poker, and he is particularly convincing at being confused, which helps the reality distortion grow and proliferate with such effect. This is very much an edge-of-the psychiatrist's couch thriller, and is harrowing in the extreme. The two characters are not only running from the police, they are running from something archetypal, from the bear, from the wolf, from whatever the monster is in the dream, the one that pursues us all and has done since we lived in caves and it tried to get in and eat us. The power of a woman to reduce a hulking hunk to a heap of jelly, to pulverise the intelligence of a sensible doctor and make him into an idiot, are well shown here. In the end, it works because Domergue is so utterly convincing as the character Margo Lannington. As my wife said to me while watching this film: 'I'm not ever going to let you meet any women called Margo.' Everyone can agree that, faced with Faith Domergue as she was in 1950, any man would be powerless to help himself. And by the way, Faith Domergue was her real name. She didn't even have to invent it, any more than she needed to invent her siren qualities. Just think how many of us are safe now that she's gone!

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