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No Questions Asked (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 15 June 1951 (USA)
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 Inspector Matt Duggan
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Joan Brenson
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Detective Walter O'Bannion
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Henry Manston
Danny Dayton ...
Harry Dycker (as Dan Dayton)
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Gordon N. Jessman
Howard Petrie ...
Franko
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Roger
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Floyd (as William Regnolds)
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Marty Callbert
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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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Drama | Film-Noir

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I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN
Written by Cole Porter
Sung in part by Jean Hagen
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small noir from 1951
10 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barry Sullivan retrieves stolen goods for a fee in "No Questions Asked," a 1951 B noir also starring George Murphy, Arlene Dahl and Jean Hagen. Sullivan is Steve Kiever, an attorney for an insurance company. He's impossibly in love with the beautiful, gold-digging Ellen (Dahl), who dumps him early on by getting married and forgetting to mention it. After recovering stolen furs for the insurance company and making extra money, he goes into business for himself. Soon there's a city-wide crime wave, with the thieves collecting good money on the stolen goods without being caught trying to sell the stuff and with no one learning their names. The police, led by George Murphpy, are furious with him. Kiever becomes wealthy and has gone back to an old girlfriend from his office, Joan (Hagen) when he sees Ellen again. The old hunger returns - though, as Hagen is aware, it had never left.

This is a pretty good film, very noirish with his sleazy locations and nighttime drama. There are some good scenes, though I have to admit that I saw through the gimmick used for the robbery and couldn't figure out why no one else who was robbed did. Two future TV stars, Richard Anderson and William Reynolds, have roles in the film, as well as old-timers like Murphy and Moroni Olsen.

Enjoyable.


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