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Director:
Writers:
Ivan Tors (screenplay) and
Maxwell Shane (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 July 1953 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE 10-HOUR MANHUNT...that tore New York apart!
Plot:
Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
Sun & Sin, John & Julie: Palm Noir
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great photog and acting in this immigration tale See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Vittorio Gassman ... Peter Kaban

Gloria Grahame ... Maggie Summers

Ann Robinson ... Nancy
Douglas Spencer ... Inspector Bailey
Robin Raymond ... Tanya aka Bella Zakoyla

Jerry Paris ... Tom
Elizabeth Slifer ... Mrs. Hinckley - Landlady
Richard Reeves ... Eddie Hinckley

Joe Turkel ... Freddie Zakoyla (as Joseph Turkel)
Else Neft ... Mrs. Zakoyla
Michael Fox ... Inspector Toomey / Narrator

Nesdon Booth ... Monroe - Taxi Driver (as Ned Booth)

Kathleen Freeman ... Zelda - Fat Woman
Juney Ellis ... Girl friend
Jack Teagarden ... Musician

Shorty Rogers ... Himself - Band Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Collier ... Giggling Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Police News Broadcaster (uncredited)
Sammy Finn ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Alvin Freeman ... Street Dancer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Dock Inspector (uncredited)
Lou Krugman ... Club Manager (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Musician in Men's Room (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Taxi Driver's Pal (uncredited)
Richard Monda ... Louis - Street Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Zelda's Friend (uncredited)
Barney Phillips ... Police Lieutenant Reeves (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Man in Alley with Tall Showgirl (uncredited)
Valerie Vernon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Maxwell Shane 
 
Writing credits
Ivan Tors (screenplay) and
Maxwell Shane (screenplay)

Produced by
Ben Coleman .... associate producer (as Ben Colman)
Ivan Tors .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc 
 
Film Editing by
Stanley Frazen 
Herbert L. Strock 
 
Production Design by
George Van Marter 
 
Art Direction by
Serge Krizman 
 
Production Management
C.M. Florance .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Berk .... assistant director: New York unit
Richard Dixon .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
William A. Wilmarth .... sound
 
Special Effects by
David Commons .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Jones .... lighting effects (as Robert Jones)
 
Editorial Department
Stanley Frazen .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In 1953, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Jack McCall, Desperado (1953) starring George Montgomery.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The lights on the elevator floor indicator show that the elevator in United Nations building seem to travel 36 floors in three to five seconds. That kind of acceleration, speed, and braking would injure any occupants of the elevator; especially the elderly operator. That distance in that period of time would equate to almost sixty miles per hour.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Zakoyla:Don't forget, your dead father was a lousy foreigner!See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
great photog and acting in this immigration tale, 7 February 2004
Author: Sleepy-17 from Colorado

"Playhouse 90"-style drama of Vittorio Gassman trying to enter our country after World War II. He meets Gloria Grahame as she is stealing a coat (!) and finds her shabby room gloriously comfortable. I found it all quite entertaining: great music (jazz), cinematography, grubby characters who are nice to look at. The immigration theme is well-done but with a few annoyingly goofy plot turns.

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