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Ernest K. Gann (screenplay)
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November 1951 (USA) See more »
A San Francisco hood is rubbed out by rival Bruno Felkin, who himself reports the crime to Homicide Lieut... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Offbeat but oddly appealing mix of fish story and film noir See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shelley Winters ... Connie Thatcher

Richard Conte ... Bruno Felkin
Stephen McNally ... Lt. Kelsey

Charles Bickford ... Hamil Linder

Alex Nicol ... Carl Linder

John McIntire ... Corky Mullins
Tito Vuolo ... Barney Schriona
Chubby Johnson ... 'General' Ball
Minerva Urecal ... Johnnie Mae Swanson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irvin Berwick ... Gas Man (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Houlihan (uncredited)
Robert A. O'Neil ... Spade-Face (uncredited)
Pepito Pérez ... Mr. Fancy (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Proprietor (uncredited)

Ray Walker ... Neil (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sherman 
Writing credits
Ernest K. Gann (screenplay)

Ernest K. Gann  novel "Fiddler's Green" (uncredited)

Produced by
John W. Rogers .... associate producer
Aaron Rosenberg .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent 
Art Direction by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Bernard Herzbrun 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lew Leary .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Corson Jowett .... sound
Bill Swartz .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Philip H. Lathrop .... camera operator (uncredited)
Other crew
Harvey McDowell .... technical advisor
Irvin Berwick .... dialogue director (uncredited)

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Connie Thatcher:Little men are smarter. There's not so much space between their ears.See more »


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Offbeat but oddly appealing mix of fish story and film noir, 19 April 2003
Author: bmacv from Western New York

An odd fish of a movie, The Raging Tide spins a yarn of crime and redemption, of the city and the sea. It opens as though it's going to be another installment in the noir cycle, with Richard Conte gunning down a rival in cold blood, phoning in a tip to the police, and fleeing to his meticulously planned alibi. Well, maybe not so meticulously, as his girlfriend (Shelly Winters) isn't where he expected her to be. So he stows away on a boat moored at Fisherman's Wharf and is well out to sea when he's discovered by skipper Charles Bickford and his son (Alex Nichol). The bounding main proves a convenient hideout, so he signs on and, improbably, comes to relish the seafaring life.

Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, police detective Steven McNally grills Winters about Conte's whereabouts. (He's one tough cop, telling her `You're an old-looking 23.') But she keeps mum, while go-between Nichol brings her messages from Conte, who won't set foot on land. Relationships among the principals intertwine: Bickford, having problems with his unruly son, takes a shine to Conte, while Nichol falls for Winters. Then Conte hatches a scheme to frame Nichol for the murder he's wanted for, using Winters as his cat's paw. But a big storm blows in....

The Raging Tide boasts solid, if slightly hammy, performances; even Bickford manages to crawl out from under the heaviest Svedish accent since Anna Christie. The picture's all but stolen by John McIntyre as a penniless old salt trying to escape the attentions of Minerva Urecal, though his function in the story never becomes clear. And that story, sentimental and a bit old-fashioned, stays strong enough to compel interest, surviving even the inevitable disappointment that comes when its noir elements go full fathom five.

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