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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 »
Plot Keywords:
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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pretty good Noir from Haas 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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Additional Details

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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 »
Johnny:Well, gambling is a gamble.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in I Know Who Killed Me (2007)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
pretty good Noir from Haas, 20 November 2013
Author: ksf-2 from southwest US

Written, produced, directed, and starring... one person.... is sometimes a sign of a so-so work. In this case, it's a Hugo Haas project, with Cleo Moore as Mary, the blonde bombshell. I thought she looked a lot like Jayne Mansfield or Marilyn Monroe, and reading Cleo's history, she had indeed lost a part in "All About Eve" to Marilyn M. and also like Marilyn, Moore died quite young, at 50, from a heart attack.

In our story, we learn that she has been raised by Mr. Stark, and has been working for him, but doesn't like the way he treats her. She also witnesses a shady deal with some character, and is sure that Stark cheated her father in business. She takes the money box, and is immediately caught by the police. Mary is off to prison, and must figure out how to start over. She gets released, but is constantly worried that someone will try to take "her" money... the money that she snitched. Mary finds work in another pub, and seems to fit right in. There are some funny bits here where we see the shop-owner's girl try to palm his poker winnings, but the shop-owner (Haas) is on to her, and keeps taking it back. Well, we're about halfway through the film now, and it's all been story set-up so far. Mary tries to lend Damitrof, the owner, her money, but things go all wrong, and it FINALLY starts being a film noir. Lots of close-ups on our blonde starlet, and things are happening now! I tried to guess the rest of the story, and I was partially right, but there were some surprises along the way. Pretty good story. Certainly entertaining. Part of a "Bad Girls Columbia Films Noir Collection" from Sony.

Also keep an eye out for the prison gardener played by Burt Mustin-- he was in TONS of early films, and I remember him as Frank Purdue, in the commercials for Purdue chicken!

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