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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:
Fairly unspectacular but enjoyable crime thriller See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Philo McCullough ... Man Seated at Bar (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)

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:
In May 1950, Samuel Fuller was assigned to work on the film's screenplay and was considered as a possible director.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 »
Quotes:
Booking Sgt. Sullivan:[booking Joe Scanlon, then examining the gun he was caught with] Receipt for your toy, sonny. My granddaughter could use that for a paperweight - in her kindergarden.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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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Fairly unspectacular but enjoyable crime thriller, 5 May 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

A corrupt crime syndicate has moved into town, bringing with it new tools and pulling political strings instead of just using muscle. They join up with local boss Nick Scanlon who is old-school and trades on violence more than anything else. Into the middle of this corruption and rising crime comes honest policeman Capt Tomas McQuigg who has history with Scanlon but aims to bring him down and expose the syndicate's web of corruption as well.

First of all, let me correct the entry on this page that classes this film as `film-noir', I assume that this has been added by another user that doesn't know what this means and equates it to any black and white film that involves crime. Needless to say, I do not see this as a noir, I see it as a basic crime story with tough cops and equally tough criminals. The basic story is good as it involves corruption as much as the usual crime boss characters. The film doesn't really be all it could have been and it stays at a tough if basic level for the majority. All told the story goes by slickly enough and is enjoyable despite that fact that you will have almost totally forgotten it fifteen minutes after it has finished.

The cast help it to be better than it actually is and features two typically tough-talking and square jawed leads. Mitchum isn't as impressive as he can be but he does has a solid screen presence and he does well here. Ryan plays a character than has actually become more interesting with time due to other, similar characters than he has played since - his character is a bit toothless but that has more to do with codes of the time than his performance. The support cast are OK but nobody really stands out.

Overall this is an OK film that will pass quite easily but has few qualities that will really stick in your mind for very long after you see it. Oh, and it's not a film-noir!

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