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Release Date:
6 April 1953 (USA) See more »
I confess I'm the kind of girl every man wants - but shouldn't marry!
Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Noir City 8: Cleo Moore, "Queen Of The B-movie Bad Girls"
 (From Twitch. 20 December 2009, 11:04 AM, PST)

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Excellent noir B film about strong-willed girl's struggle with crime See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Cleo Moore ... Mary Adams
Hugo Haas ... Dragomie Damitrof
Glenn Langan ... Johnny
Helene Stanton ... Smooch (as Ellen Stansbury)
Anthony Jochim ... Father Benedict

Burt Mustin ... Gardener
Leonid Snegoff ... Gregory Stark
James Nusser ... Warden (as Jim Nusser)
Russ Conway ... Police Officer
Mara Lea ... Girl
Gayne Whitman ... District Attorney
Leo Mostovoy ... Gambler (as Leo Mastovoy)
Martha Wentworth ... Old Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Engel ... Bar Manager (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Barfly / Kibitzer (uncredited)

Directed by
Hugo Haas 
Writing credits
Hugo Haas (written by)

Produced by
Robert Erlik .... associate producer
Hugo Haas .... producer
Original Music by
Václav Divina  (as Vaclav Divina)
Cinematography by
Paul Ivano 
Film Editing by
Merrill G. White 
Art Direction by
Rudi Feld 
Makeup Department
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Chooluck .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ben Winkler .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Fitzgerald .... camera operator
Dan Stott .... chief electrician
Editorial Department
Robert S. Eisen .... associate editor (as Robert Eisen)
Music Department
Adolf Heller .... conductor (as Adolph Heller)
Emil Cadkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lewis Raymond .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Joe Franklin .... script supervisor
Robert Lowell .... dialogue supervisor (as Mark Lowell)

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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #16194)

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Crew or equipment visible: When Damitrof walks out of his swanky new apartment, camera crew and crowd of on-lookers is reflected in glass door.See more »
Father Benedict:It's none of my business, my child, but that money you took... is cursed money.See more »
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Referenced in I Know Who Killed Me (2007)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Excellent noir B film about strong-willed girl's struggle with crime, 7 May 2010
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

Cleo Moore plays a remarkably strong-willed young woman who is an orphan kept as a work-slave in a waterfront café by the man who stole all her father's money. She is too glamorous for her own good, and no one stops ogling her for a minute, despite the fact that she has no time for that kind of thing. One night she accidentally sees the horrid old man receiving a large sum of cash in his office from a crook, to whom he has passed some stolen goods. She waits until he is asleep and creeps in and steals the money and takes it outside and buries it in a secret place where no one could possibly find it. She then confesses to the police the next morning that she is the thief, and is sent to prison, where she learns gardening and is told by the old gardener of the power which plant roots have to shift things underground and break through walls (this is important later in the story). She is let out after three years for her excellent behaviour and then makes her way back to the café, but it has been demolished and the old man has absconded to South America, so she cannot take revenge. She gets a job in another café owned by a compulsive gambler, to wait things out until she can be certain the various local crooks aren't following her when she goes to dig up the loot. He loses all his money and she wants to help him out with her stolen money. She also falls for a handsome young fisherman. Things get complicated and then more complicated. She sends someone out to dig up the dough but it isn't where she buried it. Then he suddenly comes into money and she thinks he has tricked her, so she goes to see him to protest and he ends up slightly dead, or is he? The film is very good viewing, and Cleo Moore is something all right.

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