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Irving Wallace (screenplay)
Horace McCoy (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 December 1953 (USA) See more »
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Charlton Heston ... Dr. Tom Owen

Lizabeth Scott ... Helen Curtis
Dianne Foster ... Joan Lasher

Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Mary Owen
Arthur Franz ... Dr. Jim Crowley

Ray Collins ... Dan Reasonover
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Roger Nelson
Lester Matthews ... Dr. Homer Gleeson

Rhys Williams ... Dr. Leslie M. Scobee
Lydia Clarke ... Rita Thornburg
Chris Alcaide ... Pete Olzoneski
Robert Keys ... Joe Marzano
Frank Sully ... Tippy Kashko, Townsman

Ann Robinson ... Lucille Grellett
Dorothy Green ... Ada Nicoletti
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahlm ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Elsie Baker ... Mrs. Olzoneski (uncredited)
Ray Boyle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Robert Bray ... Trooper at Mine Accident Scene (uncredited)
Donald Chaffin ... Intern (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Dime ... Miner on Tram (uncredited)
Bob Edgecomb ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Spectator at Mine Disaster (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ... Maid (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Marzano (uncredited)
Arlene Harris ... Mrs. Norton (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest / Chess Player (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Black Attendant at Golf Club (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... Mr. Finer - Jeweler (uncredited)
Earl Lee ... Upham (uncredited)
Peggy Leon ... Mrs. Hardy (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Party Guest / Chess Player (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest / Golfer (uncredited)
Alix Nagy ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Dr. Walter Messenger (uncredited)
Delia Salvi ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jeffrey Stone ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barbara Sutton Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ruth Vann ... Miss Murphy (uncredited)
Valerie Vernon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Cartwright (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Rapper 
Writing credits
Irving Wallace (screenplay)

Horace McCoy (screenplay)

Produced by
William Fadiman .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Franz Planer 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nicholson .... assistant director
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound engineer (as Josh Westmoreland)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fritz Ford .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #16585)

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Continuity: About 55 minutes in, as Mrs. Nelson is being rushed to the hospital, the ambulance we see on the street is a Cadillac. When it enters the ramp to the emergency room, however, it has turned into a Buick.See more »
Dr. Tom Owen:[on the phone with his wife] Oh, I'm interviewing nurses, of course. Don't be silly, darling, of course she'll be fat and ugly. I do insist on good legs though.See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Bad for Each Other (1953), 3 January 2012
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

A once-idealistic doctor from a small mining town sells his integrity for a big city practice treating wealthy dowagers. If you said to yourself "That sounds like an incredibly dull premise for a noir," give yourself a gold star. Nothing to see here but a bunch of heavy-handed speechifying and simplistic class distinctions. I've never cared for Charlton Heston (with the possible exception of TOUCH OF EVIL) and here he does a lot of jutting out his chin and looking handsome and delivering his lines with zero conviction. Lizabeth Scott is an actress I run hot and cold on... in this case, quite cold. She's entirely uninteresting as a "bad girl" whose primary vice is a mild materialist streak. I was also rather annoyed by Mildred Dunnock, playing Heston's hand-wringing mother. The script is just awful and photographically, the film is a dud, with a few instances of noticeably poor shot continuity (not a deal-breaker, but a pet peeve of mine). There's no tension, no real conflict, no doubt about how everything's going to turn out okay in the end. Bad for you, bad for me, bad for everyone.

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