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Release Date:
11 May 1951 (USA) See more »
GANGLAND GALAHAD! He's a cop's pet peeve... and a gal's pet passion!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Lippert Pictures throwaway...dull, stiff, stiff, and dull... See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Beaumont ... Dennis O'Brien
Ann Savage ... Ann Harmon
Edward Brophy ... Prof. Shicker

Richard Travis ... Police Inspector Lt. Bruger

Margia Dean ... Flo Klingle

Mike Mazurki ... Ape Danowski

David Bruce ... Charles Giffen
Raymond Greenleaf ... Father Donovan
Eve Miller ... Norma Harmon
Harry Hayden ... Dr. Earl J. Tomkins

Joi Lansing ... 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
Richard Monahan ... Henry - Bartender
Charles Wagenheim ... Lefty - Policy Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Counter Man (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Drunk at Wrestling Match (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Club patron (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
William Berke 
Writing credits
Herbert H. Margolis (story) (as Herbert Margolis) and
Lou Morheim (story) (as Louis Morheim)

Julian Harmon (screenplay) and
Victor West (screenplay)

Produced by
William Berke .... producer
Jack Leewood .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bert Shefter 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh 
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson 
Harry Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as F. Paul Sylos)
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
Makeup Department
Paul Stanhope .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Francis Murphy .... assistant director (as J. Francis Murphy)
Art Department
Leigh Carson .... property master
Tom Kemp .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Glen Glenn .... sound
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alfred Berke .... wardrobe (as Al Berke)
Other crew
Diane .... handknits and fashions
Stanley Price .... dialogue coach

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Flesh and Leather" - USA (TV title)
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USA:58 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #15044)

Did You Know?

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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A Lippert Pictures throwaway...dull, stiff, stiff, and dull..., 2 April 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Pier 23 (1951)

There are so many holes in this film, the best thing about it is it's less than an hour long.

It is set in a unique place, on the docks of San Francisco across from Alcatraz. And the entertainment wrestling is a fun addition, though it comes just a year after Dassin's "Night and the City" which does everything, including the wrestling, that this movie wishes it did. (I saw "Night and the City" last night, purely by coincidence. There is even one actor carryover, the wrestler/thug in both movies played by Mike Mazurki.)

But the man who wishes he was Robert Mitchum (or Bogart, or Widmark) is a clumsy, clunky Hugh Beaumont. Even his role in the movie is nebulous. He seems to just work in a boat shop, and yet shady characters keep coming to him and getting him involved in shady things. He resists, and then agrees, again and again. And he's given a continuous stream of film noir phrases, those clipped comebacks that are great when they're original, and terrible when they are imitative. There are night scenes, guns, and several femme fatales.

But I'm not sure there's a plot to speak of. Rather, there is a series of little incidents that get explained from one to the next, with an occasional smack on the head between. It's patched together and weirdly dull, partly because it was intended to be second string fare right from the start, and constructed so that it could be broken up for shorter television episode broadcast, too. One script fits all? This was a Lippert Pictures strategy, and Robert L. Lippert managed to have a full fledged career doing bottom level movies like this (eat your heart out Ed Wood) and is maybe most famous for helping get Sam Fuller's career going. Fuller directed three films for Lippert for free

But that's "history," and this is a movie, flesh and blood. And you know, writing, camera-work, acting, directing, a lot of things are required to make either a good movie or a good television show, and when you don't have any of them quite right, or to put it another way, when you have all of them only half right, it's rough going. I'd skip it.

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