MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,981 this week

Pickup (1951)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir  |  24 July 1951 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 147 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 8 critic

Low-budget, tabloid-lurid story with high camp value of older man falling for much younger beauty who's busy figuring out how she can kill him now that they're married. Nasty verbal ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (novel), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 731 titles
created 22 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 613 titles
created 23 May 2014
 
list image
a list of 468 titles
created 22 Jul 2014
 
a list of 26 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 552 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Pickup" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Pickup (1951)

Pickup (1951) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pickup.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bait (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A beautiful blonde leads a man down the road to ruin.

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, John Agar
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A professional hitman is hired by a friend to commit two murders. His friend pays him off in what turns out to be stolen money, and the police soon trace the money to him. On the run, he ... See full summary »

Director: James Cagney
Stars: William Bishop, Robert Ivers, Georgann Johnson
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Quiet, unobtrusive LA citizen Carl Martin picks up look-alikes for his estranged blonde wife and murders them with garden shears.

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Adam Williams, Meg Randall, Edward Binns
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Lucille Bremer, Richard Carlson, Douglas Fowley
Forbidden (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Eddie Darrow, seeking a mobster's widow in Macao, gets involved in a casino owner's affairs.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Tony Curtis, Joanne Dru, Lyle Bettger
Escape (1948)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Matt Denant, ex-RAF flier, sentenced to three years in Dartmoor for striking and accidentally killing a detective who was attempting to arrest a lady of the evening to whom Denant had been ... See full synopsis »

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Rex Harrison, Peggy Cummins, William Hartnell
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Seeking the whereabouts of international gangster Nick Randall, the U.S. State Department seeks the help of Scotland Yard. Nick's girl, Angela, is currently in a British prison, but has ... See full summary »

Directors: Elmo Williams, Herbert Glazer
Stars: Beverly Michaels, Joan Rice, Thora Hird
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman plots revenge on her former boss.

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Hugo Haas, Cleo Moore, Lance Fuller
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Philip Marlowe gets involved when limp-wristed and snidely Leslie Murdock steals a rare doubloon from his mother to give to a newsreel photographer in exchange for film that is being used ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm
Stars: George Montgomery, Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Government agent tries to trick a suspect into returning to Germany, the scene of his crimes.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning
Once a Thief (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A down-on-her-luck San Francisco woman, turning in desperation to jewel robbery, barely escapes getting nabbed in a heist and moves to Los Angeles where she gets an honest job as a waitress... See full summary »

Director: W. Lee Wilder
Stars: Cesar Romero, June Havoc, Marie McDonald
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At an isolated, seaside greasy-spoon cafe live George, the sarcastic owner; Slob, the potentially violent cook; and Kotty, the sexy waitress all the men lust after. Plus an occasional ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dein
Stars: Terry Moore, Frank Lovejoy, Keenan Wynn
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugo Haas ...
Jan 'Hunky' Horak
Beverly Michaels ...
Betty Horak
Allan Nixon ...
Steve Kowalski
Howland Chamberlain ...
'The Professor', tramp
Jo-Carroll Dennison ...
Irma, Betty's friend
Bernard Gorcey ...
Peddler with Dog
Robert Lowell ...
Counter-man (as Mark Lowell)
Jack Daley ...
Company Doctor
Art Lewis ...
The Motorist
Marjorie Beckett ...
Woman In Crowd
Edit

Storyline

Low-budget, tabloid-lurid story with high camp value of older man falling for much younger beauty who's busy figuring out how she can kill him now that they're married. Nasty verbal encounters and above all, Beverly Michaels, spike up this flick. Written by <cantor@sirius.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Taglines:

They gave her a bad name - and she lived up to it! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 July 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aufgelesen  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Dungeon Girl (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly Decent! Hugo Haas Done It Right
16 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The reviewer who said "Citizen Kane it ain't" got it right. This is lowbrow stuff to be sure, but for what it is, Haas demonstrates a surprisingly keen eye for both dialogue and characterization, two things supremely lacking in the cheaper and lesser BAIT produced a few years later. Best of all, this is a highly entertaining ride, with a solid and credible performance by Haas as the pigeon who all but begs for a plucking until he sees the light (or rather hears the dark) when he overhears the plotting and venomous bile directed at him by his conniving and venal wife, who believes him to be deaf.

Trumping all however is the bravura dominatrixesque performance of Ms. Michaels as the throaty pointy-bra'ed femme fatale. Here's one of the few broads I've ever come across who might be able to actually compete with Ann Savage's mouthy and devouring DETOUR chippie for supremacy over a castrated male race. And leave the male species begging for more.

Also in the movie's favor is a reasonably tight storyline which features some nice twists and reveals with great gusto the true depths of treachery to which Michaels gleefully stoops to get her $7300 out of Haas. Again, this isn't DOUBLE INDEMNITY and it certainly isn't Shakespeare but it's charmingly pulpy and has an agreeably creamy evil nougat centre.


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Pickup (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?