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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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Ellen Sayburn Jessman
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Police Inspector Matt Duggan
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Henry Manston
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Harry Dycker (as Dan Dayton)
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Gordon N. Jessman
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Franko
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Roger
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Marty Callbert
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Detective Eddie
Michael Dugan ...
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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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THE ROYAL ORDER OF CIVIC BOOSTERS
Music by Alberto Colombo, lyrics by Alberto Colombo and Sidney Sheldon
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pretty good noir from the early fifties
10 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Arlene Dahl is "Ellen" in this flick from the 1950s. The opening scene is our narrator running from the police, but within 10 seconds we flash back to what brought us to that point. In the flashback, she is met at the airport by a lawyer-friend "Steve" (Barry Sullivan). Steve is also on a first name basis with Harry, the taxi driver. Harry takes him around to visit all the thugs in town so he can be the go-between in a shady transaction. All of a sudden, his girl is gone, and Steve is in business getting more and more stolen goods back for clients....for a price. The police are watching him, and he'd better watch his step....Jean Hagen is "Joan", Steve's new girl. ( Hagen had been in Singing in the Rain, and Dead Ringer with Bette Davis.) No real big names in this one, but it's a pretty good story. Directed by Harold Kress, who had won two Oscars for EDITING How the West was Won and Towering Inferno. He was nominated for editing SIX times, and won two of those times. Oddly, this was one of the five films KRESS ever directed. Pretty good movie - i'm surprised that this one isn't on more often, but I guess it's because they used lesser known actors of the time.


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