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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
 (From Huffington Post. 20 May 2010, 8:47 PM, PDT)

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new york neo-realism 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 Bäck ... Mrs. Zakoyla (as Else Neft)
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)

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ann Robinson's first credited film.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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
new york neo-realism, 14 February 2005
Author: elfits from new york, new york

An excellent piece of American neo-realism by the Shane brothers. (The Cohens could learn a thing or three from these boys from Patterson, NJ.) New York City becomes an "open city" worthy of Rosellini, et al -- with a wonderful mix of documentary and theatrical footage, quite an innovation for 1953. And, just so you'll get the connection, they imported an Italian to play the lead, the wonderful Vittorio Gassman, (although the Anna Magnani roll is filled by that B-Babe fave Gloria Grahame). The vintage Times Square sequences alone are worth a look. A must see for film buffs and movie lovers alike. I'm sure it's on Martin Scorcese's list.

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