Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.



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Complete credited cast:
Joan Banks ...
Alice Fletcher
Jay Adler ...
Renny McEvoy ...
Taxi Driver
Lou Lubin ...
Benny Burt ...
Hy Averback ...
Bookie (as Hy Averbach)
Cigarette Clerk


Rocky Mulloy, back in town after serving 5 years of a life sentence for armed robbery, hopes to clear his friend Danny Morgan who's still in prison for the same crime. It won't be easy. Even the witness who cleared Rocky thinks he's guilty; Danny's glamorous wife Nancy, living in a sleazy trailer court, seems lukewarm about getting Danny back; cynical cop Gus Cobb just wants to stir things up in hopes that the missing "hot" $100,000 will surface. Plenty of tough talk, night scenes, deceptive dames and double crosses in this typical film noir. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Powell's on the Prowl!


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Release Date:

3 February 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe do Destino  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Richard Erdman's car is a unibody two-door 1950 Nash Statesman 600 (which features the oddball one-year-only "uniscope" instrument pod). See more »


As Rocky drives away after dropping Nancy off at work, the cameraman and camera are reflected in the car's rear window glass. See more »


Delong: [to Darlene] Let's get out of this sun and into a nice cool bar.
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References Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »


Cry Danger
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Lyrics by Leon Pober
(not used vocally in the film)
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The real noir Los Angeles
14 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was shot on location in and around the Bunker Hill area of Los Angeles in the 1950's. The seedy trailer park, the crummy cocktail bars, and the Union Station (built in 1939) are the backdrop for a much better than average tale of revenge. Dick Powell gets off a train at the Union Station after spending 5 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He is met by a cop (Regis Toomey) that thinks he not only did the crime, but that he has stashed the loot. Also on the welcoming committee is Richard Erdman as an alcoholic former Marine that provided Powell with an alibi that got him out of prison. Rhonda Fleming plays the wife of a pal of Powell's that remains in prison for the crime. Powell intends to prove not only his innocence, but that of his buddy.

Add to the mix William Conrad as a bad guy with his own agenda and you have a better than average noir. The dialog between Powell and Erdman is dark and funny at the same time. The cinematography captures a part of Los Angeles that fell under the urban renewal wrecking ball that ripped the soul out of this part of the city. Not the greatest film noir ever made, but one of my favorites. Why isn't this film out on DVD?

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