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23 May 1952 (USA) See more »
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George Raft as Blanche DuBois See more (14 total) »


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George Raft ... Joe Gargen

Dorothy Hart ... Ann Nelson

Paul Stewart ... Lou Donelli

John Hoyt ... Vince Phillips
Helen Westcott ... Martha Haines
Henry Slate ... Paul Nelson

Russell Johnson ... Charlie Thompson

Margia Dean ... Ivy
Benny Baker ... Tubby
Lawrence Dobkin ... Walter Kerr (as Larry Dobkin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Bice ... Steve Casmer (uncredited)

Claire Carleton ... Nagging Wife (uncredited)
Virginia Carroll ... Netta Casmer (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Borrower (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Mr. Howell (uncredited)

Ross Elliott ... Norm - Laundryman Thug (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Worker (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Worker (uncredited)
Joe Hinds ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... F.L. Rennick (uncredited)
Spring Mitchell ... Nancy - Vince's Moll (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Bartender (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Baski (uncredited)
William Phipps ... Ed Haines (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Garage Thug (uncredited)
Keith Richards ... Buckley (uncredited)
John Roy ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Rourke (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Police Lt. White (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Scully (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Mrs. Hilton (uncredited)

Directed by
Seymour Friedman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eugene Ling 
Martin Rackin  story and screenplay

Produced by
Bernard Luber .... producer
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Albrecht Joseph  (as Al Joseph)
Art Direction by
Feild M. Gray  (as Field Gray)
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage  (as Lou Diage)
Production Management
Carl Hiecke .... production manager
Sound Department
Barton Hayes .... sound editor
Frank Webster .... sound
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Heinz Roemheld .... musical director
Other crew
Gana Jones .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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

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Gail Russell was originally hired to play Ann Nelson, but her problems with alcohol, which eventually destroyed her career, resulted in her being replaced by Dorothy Hart before production began.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Despite using a six-shot revolver, one of the characters in the final reel fires eleven shots without reloading.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
George Raft as Blanche DuBois, 16 December 2007
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

OK: That's only at the beginning. catch the start of this nice little noir. Raft makes an entrance any diva would have been pleased with. And he arrives to visit his sister. On the way, he passes a squabbling couple. The sister greets him with love and concern, commenting on how tired he looks. And then he goes to soak in a hot bath! Later in the movie, we see that the authors have been influenced by another play that became a movie: The girlfriend of one of the bad guys suddenly sounds like Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn, from "Born yesterday." It may indeed have been unconscious. But wait: The climactic scene -- and this is giving nothing away -- is set in a theater.

All this said, it's an excellent movie for something on so obviously low a budget. Raft is the same as he usually was. He's not exciting but he gives a solid performance. The lead female, Dorothy Hart, is attractive and convincing. The supporting cast is very good and they're all well directed.

It's by no means a great movie but it's a decent, good one, worth your time.

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