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Director:
Writers:
William Wister Haines (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 December 1951 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
YOU'LL LEARN WHO PAYS OFF WHO -- AND WHY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Nasty Robert Ryan Elevates This Film Noir See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Robert Mitchum ... Captain Thomas McQuigg

Lizabeth Scott ... Irene Hayes

Robert Ryan ... Nick Scanlon
William Talman ... Officer Bob Johnson

Ray Collins ... Dist. Atty. Mortimer X. Welsh
Joyce Mackenzie ... Mary McQuigg (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Robert Hutton ... Dave Ames
Virginia Huston ... Lucy Johnson

William Conrad ... Det. Sgt. Turk
Walter Sande ... Precinct Sgt. Jim Delaney

Les Tremayne ... Harry Craig (Crime Commission chief investigator)
Don Porter ... R.G. Connolly
Walter Baldwin ... Booking Sgt. Sullivan
Brett King ... Joe Scanlon
Richard Karlan ... Breeze Enright
Tito Vuolo ... Tony, Nick's Barber
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Rookie Cop (uncredited)

Don Beddoe ... Mitchell - Member of Craig's Office (uncredited)
Kate Belmont ... Operator (uncredited)
Robert Bice ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Matthew Boulton ... Simpson - Nick's Butler (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Cameron (uncredited)
Howland Chamberlain ... Roy Higgins (uncredited)
Claudia Constant ... Girl (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Mannick - Nick's Driver / Henchman (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Harris - Member of Craig's Team (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Police Car Driver (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Operator (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Policeman, Car 43 (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Head of Crime Commission (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Lewis (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Bret Hamilton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jayne Hazard ... Girl (uncredited)
Curtis Jarrett ... Policeman (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ... Sgt. Werker (uncredited)
Hazel Keener ... Secretary (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Officer Mosley (uncredited)
Ronald Lee ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Police Doctor (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Pedestrian with Morning Newspaper (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Governor's Butler (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Harriet Matthews ... Librarian (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Policeman in Locker Room (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Newsboy (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Counterman / Short Order Cook (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Garage Roof Thug (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Davis - Crooked Bondsman (uncredited)
Howard Petrie ... The Governor (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Reporter (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Policeman at Roll Call & in Locker Room (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Leo - Driver / Scanlon Henchman (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Schmidt, Police Car Driver (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Night Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Miles Shepard ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Douglas (uncredited)

Milburn Stone ... Member of Craig's Team (uncredited)
Duke Taylor ... Policeman (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Paradise Club Manager (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Durko - Ugly Henchman (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Detective with Johnson at the Paradise Club (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Brunette Police Operator (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Cromwell 
Mel Ferrer (uncredited)
Tay Garnett (uncredited)
Nicholas Ray (uncredited)
Sherman Todd (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
William Wister Haines (screenplay) and
W.R. Burnett (screenplay)

Bartlett Cormack (play)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Jack Okey 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
William Stevens 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Cliff P. Broughton .... production supervisor
Arthur Siteman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James E. Casey .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank McWhorter .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
 
Stunts
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
C. Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Howard Hughes .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (2010) | USA:Approved (PCA #15253) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The film's director John Cromwell was in the Broadway play "The Racket" which opened on November 27, 1927. He starred as McQuigg, the role played in the film by Robert Mitchum.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Nick Scanlon's car is a 1949 Chrysler Crown Imperial limo. In the crash scene, an older 1942 model was used. The '49 side trim has been added, but the different front end reveals the switch.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Big Steal: Look Behind You (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Lovely Way to Spend an EveningSee more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Nasty Robert Ryan Elevates This Film Noir, 26 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

A deep cast of well-known actors highlights this film noir effort. Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott, William Talman, Ray Collins, Don Porter and William Conrad are all familiar names, especially to film noir buffs.

Ryan lifts this from an average classic-era crime film to above-average with a convincingly nasty character. He plays a no-compromise hood who lives by the code of violence. You have a problem? Violence, not brains, is the answer, according to Ryan's character "Nick Scanlon."

The film is fast-moving despite not having a lot of action scenes. All the characters are good, not just Ryan's, and the dialog is excellent in spots. The photography is nothing special, at least not as dramatic as most noirs, but it's a solid crime film, thanks to this cast. I would rate this a bit higher but I didn't care for the ending.

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