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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 Harmon
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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
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Norma Harmon
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Dr. Earl J. Tomkins
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The Cocktail Waitress (as Joy Lansing)
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Nick Garrison
Chris Drake ...
Mike Greeley
John Indrisano ...
Mushy Cavelli (as Johnny Indrasano)
Bill Varga ...
Willie Klingle
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Storyline

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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11 May 1951 (USA)  »

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Flesh and Leather  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Follows Danger Zone (1951) See more »

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The marriage of radio, films and television

In the early days of television (circa late-40s to early 50s)the makers of many of the cheapjack, poverty-row syndicated series---Guy Madison's Wild Bill Hickock, Reed Hadley's Racket Squad, others) would take two or three of the 30-minute television episodes, stitch them together and peddle them to the small-town and/or b-feature theatre-exhibitors as a "NEW" feature-length film. The film-exhibitors knew better, but most of these films were booked into towns and areas of the country where television coverage was, at best, spotty and often non-existent. Basically, a large percentage of the audience that saw these "films" in a theatre didn't own a television set or live in an area that had a television station. Plus, there was the large-and-profitable overseas market to be tapped.

Exhibitor-producer-distributor-showman Robert L. Lippert took this concept in another direction; his plan was to make three feature films, each of which had two separate 30-minute plots with continuing characters, book them into theatres and, after, they had exhausted the B-feature theatrical-circuit, cut them in half and sell the six 30-minute segments to television. Either as a series or a stand-alone 30-minute gap-filler.

Thusly was born "Pier 23", "Roaring City" and "Danger Zone." Three films in six segments featuring a San Francisco, hard-boiled private-eye named Dennis O'Brien. Made for theatres with intent-to-sell-to television. William Berke---has anyone actually ever seen a billing credit for him as William A. Berke...don't bother, the answer is no---directed and produced all three films with screen plays credited to Julian Harmon and Victor West on all. And each carried a "based on a story by Herbert H. Margolis and Louis Morheim" credit. And where did these "based-ons" come from? Well, each and everyone of them had been "heard" before when they were used on a syndicated radio-series called "Pat Novak, For Hire." Mr. Novak was a hard-case, San Francisco private-eye who averaged getting knocked-out twice in every 30-minute radio episode. Dennis O'Brien maintains that average when he gets his about four times in each of these three films.


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