MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 23,365 this week

Pickup (1951)

 -  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 111 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...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 22 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 731 titles
created 22 May 2013
 
a list of 4565 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 92 titles
created 5 months ago
 
list image
a list of 444 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... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has less hair-shirt torment than most of his offerings, although his camera, as usual, ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, Glenn Langan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Helen Ferguson, pregnant, penniless and dumped by her boyfriend Steve Morley, takes the identity of the pregnant Patrice Harkness, when she and her husband are killed in a train crash. The ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Jane Cowl
Roadblock (1951)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An L.A. insurance detective starts to get involved with a girl he is increasingly attracted to, even though he sees her as a chiseller. She makes it clear that her tastes are too expensive ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Daniels
Stars: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore
Bait (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, John Agar
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

As studio financing dwindled away for Hugo Haas, his last film as a writer-director-producer has certain autobiographical elements, a cast featuring several film veterans from the silent ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Hugo Haas, Don Sullivan, Carol Morris
Crashout (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The survivors of a prison break set out on an arduous journey to retrieve some loot.

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Luther Adler
Manhandled (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The secretary to a phony psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient's wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: Dan Duryea, Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden
Blonde Bait (1956)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

U.S. State Department agent Kent Foster, on the trail of a murderous traitor, Nick Randall, hopes to trap Randall through singer/stripper Angela Booth. The latter has promised to marry ... See full summary »

Director: Elmo Williams
Stars: Beverly Michaels, Jim Davis, Joan Rice
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Franchot Tone, Janet Blair, Janis Carter
Lizzie (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Elizabeth has reoccurring headaches and trouble sleeping. Threatening letters signed by Lizzie are given to her, but she does not know anyone named Lizzie. As her situation deteriorates, ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Eleanor Parker, Richard Boone, Joan Blondell
Drama | Fantasy | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When phony stage mentalist Triton mysteriously acquires supernatural powers of precognition, he becomes frightened and abandons his act to live of anonymity.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund
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

 
Citizen Kane it ain't, but...
2 April 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Citizen Kane it ain't, but Pickup isn't nearly as bad as one might think. Actor-director Hugo Haas deserves better, and I hope I can help the poor man (long departed) out. Haas,--no, I won't go into his career and background--let's just say the man had the reputation for being an okay actor, but as a director he was considered a sort of Central European version of Ed Wood. Pickup is about an older man, played by Haas, whose life is made a wreck of and nearly ruined by a toothy, gum-checking but withal irresistible blonde, portrayed by the unforgettable Beverly Michaels. The girl is, to be as genteel as possible, a worthless tramp, and nasty and stupid in the bargain. She plays with her adoring and naive lover like a cat with a mouse, and has an affair with a much younger man on the side. Amazingly, no one is murdered in the course of this film, which is actually at times quite sweet. Look, every novelist cannot write The Brothers Karamazov and every composer cannot write the Eroica, so why put down poor Mr. Haas whose only sin as an artist that I can tell is that is that he isn't Orson Welles. The man had a heart and soul, and this comes through in many scenes. He understands cruelty, too, and the woman in this film is, for all the melodrama, a not innacurate portrait of a certain kind of low-down broad who, if one were to show her videotapes of her inflicting her standard dose of pain on whoever the poor dope fool enough to get involved with her at the moment is, would shrug, light a cigarette and say, "Well, he was asking for it, wasn't he?". I'm not too sure about the character Mr. Haas plays in this film, but there is a kernel of truth in the mean little tale he tells; tacky though it may be, there's life in it nonetheless, which is good enough for me.


10 of 10 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:
?