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Director:
Writers:
Sydney Boehm (screenplay)
William P. McGivern (Saturday Evening Post serial)
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Release Date:
14 October 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A hard cop and a soft dame! See more »
Plot:
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
I'll take mine black, no sugar See more (128 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion

Gloria Grahame ... Debby Marsh

Jocelyn Brando ... Katie Bannion
Alexander Scourby ... Mike Lagana

Lee Marvin ... Vince Stone

Jeanette Nolan ... Bertha Duncan
Peter Whitney ... Tierney

Willis Bouchey ... Lt. Ted Wilks
Robert Burton ... Det. Gus Burke

Adam Williams ... Larry Gordon
Howard Wendell ... Police Commissioner Higgins
Chris Alcaide ... George Rose
Michael Granger ... Hugo
Dorothy Green ... Lucy Chapman

Carolyn Jones ... Doris
Ric Roman ... Baldy
Dan Seymour ... Mr. Atkins
Edith Evanson ... Selma Parker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Retreat Waiter (uncredited)
Linda Bennett ... Joyce Bannion (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... Police Guard Outside Lagana Home (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Hettrick (uncredited)
John Close ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sidney Clute ... Retreat Bartender (uncredited)
John Crawford ... Al - Bannion's Brother-in-Law (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Mark Reiner (uncredited)
Kathryn Eames ... Marge - Bannion's Sister-in-Law (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Harry Shoenstein (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Councilman Gillen (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jimmy Gray ... Man (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Retreat Patron (uncredited)
Byron Kane ... Police Surgeon (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Cabby (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Hank O'Connell (uncredited)
Nico Lek ... Canteen Patron (uncredited)

Celia Lovsky ... Lagana's Mother in Portrait (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Martin (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Dixon (uncredited)
Laura Mason ... B-Girl (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... George Fuller (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)
John Merton ... Man (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Intern (uncredited)
William Murphy ... Reds (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ... Mrs Tucker (uncredited)
Norma Randall ... Jill (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Segal (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Lagana's Butler (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Bill Rutherford (uncredited)
William Vedder ... Janitor (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Sydney Boehm (screenplay)

William P. McGivern (Saturday Evening Post serial)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Vars (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair styles
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Feldman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound engineer
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Fred Karger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernst Toch .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Québec) | Finland:K-16 (1966) | Finland:(Banned) (1953) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (nf) (re-rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1954) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) (1991) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #16549) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Lee Marvin first sees Glenn Ford face to face, the music in the background is "Put the Blame on Mame," a reference to Ford's performance in Gilda (1946).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the end of the film, Dave Bannion has an altercation with his brother-in-law's old army buddy in the stairwell. When he enters the apartment a second later, the sleeves of his suit are suddenly rolled up.See more »
Quotes:
Debby Marsh:[Has just thrown scalding coffee in Vince's face] It'll burn for a long time, Vince. It doesn't look bad now. But in the morning your face will be like mine.
Debby Marsh:[Sticks her face up close to Vince's, then dramatically rips the bandages from her scarred face] Look at it. It isn't pretty, is it? You'll walk through the side streets and alleys so that people won't stare at you. But you're lucky. It won't be for long.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Put the Blame on MameSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
I'll take mine black, no sugar, 20 July 2001
Author: Movie_Man 500 from La La Land

Fantastic film noir features 2 potent scenes involving tossed coffee, and Gloria Grahame as a mob moll who is definitely a woman not be messed with. Tough cop Ford is not afraid of anyone as he goes on movie long crusade to bring down every villian in the story. Entertaining pulp is fast and cynical and will leave lasting impression long after it's over. Great characters dot the brutal landscape from beginning to end.

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