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Pier 23 (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 11 May 1951 (USA)
Private detective finds himself framed for the murders of a wrestler and a crooked referee, then for the murder of a mystery man posing as a new parolee from Alcatraz.

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(story) (as Herbert Margolis), (story) (as Louis Morheim) | 2 more credits »
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Ann Savage ...
Ann Harmon
Edward Brophy ...
Prof. Shicker
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Police Inspector Lt. Bruger
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Flo Klingle
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Ape Danowski
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Charles Giffen
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Father Donovan
Eve Miller ...
Norma Harmon
Harry Hayden ...
Dr. Earl J. Tomkins
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The Cocktail Waitress (as Joy Lansing)
Peter Mamakos ...
Nick Garrison
Chris Drake ...
Mike Greeley
John Indrisano ...
Mushy Cavelli (as Johnny Indrasano)
Bill Varga ...
Willie Klingle
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In the first of two separate stories, Private-Detective Dennis O'Brien becomes involved with a gang that uses a rigged wrestling match as a means for murder. In the second story O'Brien tries to discourage a convict from making an escape-attempt from Alcatraz. Later O'Brien mistakes another man for the convict, and winds up charged with a murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GANGLAND GALAHAD! He's a cop's pet peeve... and a gal's pet passion!


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Flesh and Leather  »

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Edited down to each of its two segments, each of them re-titled, this was sold to television in the early 1950's as two parts of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »

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29 November 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I like Edward Brophy. He was best playing a mug with a twinkle in his eye. But he is miscast here as the "intellectual who likes the sauce". He just can't make it work. He sounds cardboard trying to play the professor. Likewise, I enjoy Hugh Beaumont. To me Beaumont was similar to Alan Ladd, great in the right role, but with a rather cold screen persona.

Let's be honest, these were made on the cheap and relied heavily on the stars to bring life to very average scenarios. Personally, I think the Brophy/Beaumont team fails. I like them both, but it doesn't work here. Compared with the TV detectives series of the era the Dennis O'Brien mysteries are fine, but if you are looking for a lost gem from the detective genre you won't find it here.


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