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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Kimble (screen play) &
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Release Date:
July 1951 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The kind that don't die in bed!
Plot:
Brandy Kirby and crooked Lawyer Vincent Mailer plan to rob William and Maida McIntyre by producing a convincing double for their long-lost son... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Edmond O'Brien ... Michael "Lefty" Farrell

Lizabeth Scott ... Brandy Kirby

Terry Moore ... Kathy McIntyre

Alexander Knox ... Vincent Mailer
Griff Barnett ... William McIntyre
Robert Anderson ... Todd
Virginia Brissac ... Maida McIntyre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Woman at Phone Booth (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ... Bingo Woman (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Minnie Mitt (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Father Lanahan (uncredited)
James Kirkwood ... Ben (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... First Deputy (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Man at Police Station (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kimble (screen play) &
James Gunn (screen play)

James Edward Grant (from a story by)

Produced by
William Dozier .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Frank Goodwin .... sound engineer
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Belgium:16 | Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (certificate #15006)

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Smashed Fingers and Do-Gooders Add Up to a Strange But Fun Hybrid, 6 April 2010
Author: evanston_dad from United States

The two of a kind of this film's title are Edmond O'Brien and Lizabeth Scott, two schemers who aren't above their fair share of dirty dealings but who draw the line at murder.

The implausible scheme in this one involves O'Brien posing as the lost son of a millionaire who will cash in on the millionaire's inheritance once he dies and split it with Scott and the millionaire's attorney (played by Alexander Knox), who engineers the whole thing. The plot of course unravels, as plots usually do in movies like this, until talk of murder comes up, as it invariably does. One murder is planned, another is attempted, but all ends well for our bad-but-not-so-bad-that-we-don't-kind-of-like-them lovers.

My favorite thing about this movie is that the plot these crooks hatch has a thousand holes in it from the beginning, but the movie acknowledges that and makes use of them. For once, the movie is as smart as we are.

Terry Moore has a large role as the millionaire's niece, a do-gooder who is determined to find the sugar at the middle of O'Brien's bitter pill. Her appearance in the film brings a strong comic element to it (she's turned on by being robbed at gunpoint) and keeps things refreshingly off kilter. There are hints at romantic comedy mixed in with brutal scenes, like the one where O'Brien allows his finger to be smashed in a car door so that doctors will have to amputate it. I suppose fans of true noirs may be disappointed that this film is far too light overall to truly earn the title, but there's a lot of fun to be had if you can look past that.

Grade: B

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