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Director:
Writers:
Mel Dinelli (screenplay)
Maurice Zimm (story)
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Release Date:
31 July 1953 (France) See more »
Tagline:
"I'll do anything...to save my husband!" See more »
Plot:
A man vacationing with his wife and son near a desolate jetty in Baja becomes trapped under a rotten timber as the inevitable tide threatens to drown him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of Barbara Stanwyck
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User Reviews:
"Pretty Neat, Huh?" See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Helen Stilwin

Barry Sullivan ... Doug Stilwin

Ralph Meeker ... Lawson

Lee Aaker ... Bobby Stilwin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rico Alaniz ... Officer at 1st Roadblock (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Officer at 1st Roadblock (uncredited)
Bob Castro ... Police Machine Gunner (uncredited)
Carlos Conde ... Tijuana Vendor (uncredited)
George L. Derrick ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ... Mexican Lieutenant (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Captain's Driver Talking to Helen (uncredited)
Margarita Martín ... Mexican Mother (uncredited)
Victor Milner ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Officer with Walkie-Talkie at 2nd Barricade (uncredited)
George Navarro ... Tijuana Vendor (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Mexican Father (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Officer at 2nd Barricade (uncredited)
Louis Tomei ... Officer at 2nd Barricade (uncredited)
Juan Torena ... Mexican Police Chief (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Mexican Border Official (uncredited)
Natividad Vacío ... Persistent Tijuana Vendor (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Lieutenant's Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Mel Dinelli (screenplay)

Maurice Zimm (story)

Produced by
Sol Baer Fielding .... producer
Charles Schnee .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Newell P. Kimlin 
 
Art Direction by
William Ferrari 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean  (as Fred MacLean)
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Frank Delmar (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Pat McNalley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helene Parrish .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Jack Aldworth .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Newt Woltz .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... costume designer: Miss Stanwyck
Frank Delmar .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Woman in Jeopardy" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16100) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 15, 1954 with Barbara Stanwyck and Barry Sullivan reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the tide is washing against Helen her hair is soaked and in the next shot her hair is styled then soaked again !See more »
Quotes:
Helen Stilwin:That's good perfume you got on yuh.
Lawson, the Fugitive:Yes.
Helen Stilwin:I like cheap perfume. It doesn't last as long, but it hits harder.
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Soundtrack:
Cielito LindoSee more »

FAQ

Did Lawson rape Helen?
How does the movie end?
Where is the Baja Peninsula?
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34 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
"Pretty Neat, Huh?", 18 January 2001
Author: Eric Chapman (caspar_h@yahoo.com) from Pittsburgh, PA

Leonard Maltin must've been watching some other movie. (Though I find his Guide to be quite a valuable resource, please disregard his comments on this one.) He states "starts off well then fizzles" when it's really the reverse - "starts off tepid then catches fire". The plot is about as simple as it gets. Happy Mom, Happy Dad and Happy Son take a vacation at an isolated beach, Dad incapacitated in accident, Mom runs off to get help, meets up with dangerous escaped convict. Mom tries to trick convict into helping while Dad waits and hangs on for dear life.

Good white-knuckler given an electric jolt by Ralph Meeker, appearing suddenly (the director, John Sturges, films it in a clever way that will make you gasp) around halfway through as the cunning, desperate criminal. Meeker is an unusually flippant, reckless actor (at least here and in the classic "Kiss Me Deadly") and he happily snatches the keys to the film's narrative and speeds off with the top down. His character has a habit of grinning childishly and saying "Pretty neat, huh?" when he's especially pleased with his misdeeds. There is a funny break in the action when they get a flat tire and he tersely instructs his hostage, Barbara Stanwyck, "Don't go away". She fires back "Where would I go?" (they're in the middle of nowhere) and he realizes sitcom-ishly "Yeah, that's right". The friction between them is a hoot.

There are flaws, somewhat ridiculous ones. There's one scene where the police, who have been chasing after Meeker for some time, stop Stanwyck's car and to evade detection Meeker rests his head on her shoulder like a loving husband supposedly would, and pretends to be asleep as she's being questioned. A. He looks conspicuously un-masculine in this pose and B. I think it's safe to say that any adult who appears to be asleep during an encounter with law enforcement would certainly arouse suspicion.

Still a sturdy thriller which builds to an exciting and edifying conclusion.

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