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No Questions Asked (1951)

 -  Drama | Film-Noir  -  15 June 1951 (USA)
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Steve Keiver, young lawyer working for an insurance company, hears his boss remark that he'd pay a large sum "no questions asked" for return of stolen property to avoid paying a much larger... See full summary »

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Steve Keiver
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Ellen Sayburn Jessman
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Police Insp. Matt Duggan
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Joan Brenson
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Detective Walter O'Bannion
Moroni Olsen ...
Henry Manston
Danny Dayton ...
Harry Dycker (as Dan Dayton)
Dick Simmons ...
Gordon N. Jessman
Howard Petrie ...
Franko
William Phipps ...
Roger
William Reynolds ...
Floyd (as William Regnolds)
Mauritz Hugo ...
Marty Callbert
Mari Blanchard ...
Natalie
Robert Sheppard ...
Detective Eddie
Michael Dugan ...
Detective Howard
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Steve Keiver, young lawyer working for an insurance company, hears his boss remark that he'd pay a large sum "no questions asked" for return of stolen property to avoid paying a much larger claim. On his own initiative, Steve arranges such a deal, earning a nice commission. But he catches the eye of gangsters who think he's the ideal middleman for future similar deals...many of them. As Steve is drawn in deeper, the police take an interest in him, and he's ripe for a doublecross. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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15 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Discrétion assurée  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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THE ROYAL ORDER OF CIVIC BOOSTERS
Music by Alberto Colombo, lyrics by Alberto Colombo and Sidney Sheldon
Sung by chorus of conventioneers
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Arlene Dahl isn't as nice this time
29 March 2010 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

An insurance claims adjuster (Barry Sullivan) finds he can make a lot more money if he deals with the crooks who are robbing and stealing valuable jewelry and furs. The insurance company that he works for is actually abetting crime in order to retrieve the stolen goods and minimize their losses, thus upsetting the police who would prefer to not reward the crooks who are now even more motivated to pull off daring heists, as they now are guaranteed hefty payments for the stolen goods. This film has some interesting elements and a couple of memorable scenes, a couple of which take place in a swimming pool and one in which the assembled wealthy patrons at an opening night theater debut are robbed while they're all in the powder room between acts. At the root of Sullivan's actions is the woman who dumped him, played by Arlene Dahl. She usually plays sympathetic parts, but here her character has a solid place on the memorable list of film noir bad girls. For a film directed by someone known for editing, this is surprisingly good, with a tough ending.


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