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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 July 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Only a woman's heart could reach out for such a man!
Plot:
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Gritty Noir excellence from Preminger See more (96 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dana Andrews ... Det. Mark Dixon

Gene Tierney ... Morgan Taylor

Gary Merrill ... Tommy Scalise

Bert Freed ... Det. Paul Klein
Tom Tully ... Jiggs Taylor

Karl Malden ... Lt. Thomas
Ruth Donnelly ... Martha
Craig Stevens ... Ken Paine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Detective at Staff Meeting (uncredited)
Don Appell ... Willie Bender (uncredited)
Tony Barr ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Pool Hall Patron (uncredited)

Neville Brand ... Steve, Scalise Hood (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Thug (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Railroad Baggage Clerk (uncredited)

Oleg Cassini ... Oleg the Fashion Designer (uncredited)
John Close ... Hanson (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Detective at Staff Meeting (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Police Desk Sergeant Murphy (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Scalise Hoodlum (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Man at Dice Table / Passerby (uncredited)
Bob Evans ... Sweatshirt (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Policeman Schwartz (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Fenney (uncredited)
Anthony George ... Scalise Hoodlum (uncredited)
Joseph Granby ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Detective at Staff Meeting (uncredited)

Kathleen Hughes ... Secretary (uncredited)
Lou Krugman ... Mike Williams (uncredited)
Louise Lane ... Secretary (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Jackson (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Joe, Scalise Hood (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... Detective Casey (uncredited)
John Marshall ... Police Detective (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Detective Gertessen (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Harrington (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Mrs. Shirley Klein (uncredited)
Grayce Mills ... Mrs. Tribaum, Paine's Landlady (uncredited)
Lou Nova ... Ernie, Scalise Hood (uncredited)
Peggy O'Connor ... Model (uncredited)
Robert Patten ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Pool Hall Patron (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Gilruth (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Friedman, Morgan's Employer (uncredited)
Robert F. Simon ... Insp. Nicholas Foley (uncredited)
Wanda Smith ... Model (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Passerby (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Detective (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Police Radio Dispatcher #79 (voice) (uncredited)
Shirley Tegge ... Model (uncredited)
Larry Thompson ... Riley (uncredited)
John Trebach ... Bartender (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Det. Ted Benson, 16th Precinct (uncredited)
Harry von Zell ... Mr. Morrison (uncredited)
Duke Watson ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Chili Williams ... Teddy (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Jerry Morris, Attorney (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Detective (uncredited)
David Wolfe ... Sid Kramer, Scalise Hood (uncredited)
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Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (screenplay)

Victor Trivas (adaptation) and
Frank P. Rosenberg (adaptation) and
Robert E. Kent (adaptation)

William L. Stuart (novel)

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
Frank P. Rosenberg .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge  (as Cyril Mockridge)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
 
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Oleg Cassini 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Marie Walter .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sam Wurtzel .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Maupin .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14458) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
This is the last in a series of films that Otto Preminger made as a director-for-hire for Twentieth Century Fox in the 1940's. The series includes Laura (1944), which also stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, Fallen Angel (1945) and Whirlpool (1949).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Scalise and his gang are descending on the garage elevator, Dixon throws the switch stopping the elevator between floors four and five (according to the dial above the elevator). But in the next shot, inside the elevator, the inner door is marked "7", indicating that the car has stopped on the seventh floor.See more »
Quotes:
Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe:You know, I like places like this that specialize in good food instead of headwaiters.
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon:It's the worst food in town, but don't worry. They usually serve a stomach pump with the dessert.
Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe:Who invited you to come to my restaurant, Mr. Detective? Not me!
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon:Martha's the head of a ring of burglars. My presence makes her nervous.
Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe:Yeah, last night we got a whole basketful of diamonds. You wanna see?
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon:Bring us two of your dangerous dinners, Martha.
Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe:You know how much I've been offered to poison this man?
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon:Ten dollars.
Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe:That's right. I'm holding out for fifteen. Two dinners. Do you want wine?
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon:Bring a small bottle.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Trip to Swadades (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Gritty Noir excellence from Preminger, 26 January 2005
Author: stephen-357 from United States

An excellent opening title sequence starts this gritty Noir off in perfect step with what will follow. The son of a thief who was killed while attempting to shoot himself out of jail, Mark Dixon became a cop in an attempt to atone for the sins of the father, but cannot quite escape the fathers blood surging through his veins every time he strikes out at a hood, and it's his excessive use of force that gets him demoted with the threat of losing his job as detective, the only thing he ever wanted out of life. When he accidentally kills a witness to a murder, panic takes hold of him and he proceeds to cover up the evidence, but fate has a way of meting out cruel justice. Mark will fall in love for his victim's ex, and then her innocent uncle through another freak accident ends up taking the rap for the murder when the body turns up. And now the real moment of truth - atone for his own sins and free an innocent man, but probably lose the girl, or say nothing, keep the girl, but end up being just like his father? A brilliantly executed noir by Preminger and Dana Andrews nails one of the best performances of his career as the tormented detective.

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