Vicki (1953)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  5 October 1953 (USA)
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The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm.



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Complete credited cast:
Larry Evans (as Casey Adams)
Alexander D'Arcy ...
Robin Ray (as Alex D'Arcy)


Supermodel Vicki Lynn, whose face is seen everywhere, is murdered, and ace homicide cop Ed Cornell cuts his vacation short to take the case personally. In flashback we see how Vicki rose from ambitious waitress to big black headlines, courtesy of clever publicity man Steve Christopher. Now Cornell seems determined to get Christopher convicted in what begins to seem like a bizarre personal vendetta. Is Steve caught like a rat in a trap? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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"She Had Everything a Man Could Ever Want And Lived the Way No Woman Ever Should!" See more »


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Release Date:

5 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le crime était signé  »

Box Office


$560,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The use of the quote, "The butler did it," was at that time a recognized joke. It played off the spoiling of the ending of a play or movie by a big mouth in the audience. It did not refer to the plot of the film being shown in that theater. See more »


Steve Christopher: Slug me with those, Cornell, and I'll square you off if it takes me the rest of my life.
Lt. Ed Cornell: You're not gonna have a very long life, Stevie. You're like a rat in a box, without any holes. But they're gonna make a hole for you...six by three, filled with quicklime.
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Version of I Wake Up Screaming (1941) See more »


I Know Why (and So Do You)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics Mack Gordon
Performed by Jean Peters at the Club Capri
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Soap opera plot with grittier, noir-ish elements struggling to break through...
23 November 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Billboard and print model is found dead in her apartment; the New York City police get busy interviewing suspects, though the lieutenant on the case has personal reasons for wanting to find the killer. Steve Fisher's novel "I Wake Up Screaming" (its original title uncredited here, perhaps because it was already filmed as such in 1941 with Betty Grable), gets a strictly minor-league treatment this time, with nearly every actor on-board over-compensating for the uncertain script with pushy performances. Jean Peters, who looks like Jessica Walter and talks tough like Susan Hayward, is an odd choice to play the doomed, would-be starlet; Peters isn't the wide-eyed innocent/hash-slinging waitress the plot suggests, instead coming on with both barrels loaded. As her sister, Jeanne Crain has more of the Cinderella quality Peters should be projecting, and hers is the only substantial acting job in the picture. Playing the gruff, snarling lieutenant, Richard Boone is way over-the-top, as is Aaron Spelling in an hysterical role as a wormy desk clerk. Just silly enough to be watchable, though it is never explained why glamorous Vicki is living in that dumpy apartment--nor how her photograph pre-death has managed to land on the cover of every single magazine at the newsstand. ** from ****

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