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When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

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Webb Garwood
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Susan Gilvray / Susan Garwood
John Maxwell ...
Charles 'Bud' Crocker
Katherine Warren ...
Grace Crocker (as Katharine Warren)
Emerson Treacy ...
William Gilvray
Madge Blake ...
Martha Gilvray
Wheaton Chambers ...
Dr. William R. James
Robert Osterloh ...
Coroner
Sherry Hall ...
John Gilvray
Louise Lorimer ...
Motel Manager
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When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

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The radio announcer heard throughout the film is actually the voice of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who wrote the film under the pseudonym, Hugo Butler. See more »

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Webb tells Susan the birth of their baby will increase the ghost town's population by 33%. The birth will increase the population by 50%. See more »

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Lyrics by Dick Mack
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No Happy Endings
13 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not widely seen for years, this newly restored Film-Noir has not disappointed Fans and is now considered a strong entry in the Genre. Mostly due to some effectively heavy indictments about Capitalism and Class envy. There is also included an out of wedlock pregnancy that is not just hinted at but is dead central to the plot . Add on top of that we have the Peeping Tom perversion that opens things up and things are not like a normal night at the Cinema.

It has strong, deeply flawed Characters caught in their own web of Adultery, Greed, and Lust. In some Film-Noirs there is a try to escape the confines of the City as the fated Couple makes way for wide open spaces and even though there is an attempt here to avoid persecution and prosecution, they still end up in a cave-like mining shaft that certainly will allow no breathing room.

This may not be as stylish as some Noirs but it makes up for it with a bleak Sociological tone and a sombre, desperate Couple. The tension never lets up and there are only very brief moments of reprieve. The Newlyweds obviously have no future, just like the Director (Losey) and Screenwriter (Trumbo) who were either Blacklisted at the time or soon to be. This is Art imitating Life, because there were few happy endings in the HUAC Witch Hunt.


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