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Crime Wave (1954)

 -  Crime | Film-Noir | Drama  -  6 March 1954 (USA)
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Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Det. Lt. Sims
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Steve Lacey
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Ellen Lacey
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'Doc' Penny
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Ben Hastings (as Charles Buchinsky)
Jay Novello ...
Dr. Otto Hessler
Nedrick Young ...
Gat Morgan (as Ned Young)
James Bell ...
Daniel O'Keefe
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Gus Snider (as Dubb Taylor)
Gayle Kellogg ...
Detective Kelly
Mack Chandler ...
Detective Sully
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Storyline

Three San Quentin escapees (Penny, Hastings and Morgan) kill a cop in a gas-station holdup. Wounded, Morgan flees through black-shadowed streets to the handiest refuge: with former cellmate Steve Lacey, who's paroled, with a new life and lovely wife, and can't afford to be caught associating with old cronies. But homicide detective Sims wants to use Steve to help him catch Penny and Hastings, who in turn extort his help in a bank job. Is there no way out for Steve? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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6 March 1954 (USA)  »

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Von der Polizei gehetzt  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly director André De Toth was offered a 35-day shooting schedule, but he told the studio he could complete the film in 15 days. He finished in 13. See more »

Goofs

When Nedrick Young (as Gat Morgan) is first shot, he grabs his chest by the right pectoral. When he grabs his wound later, it has migrated to the lower center abdomen. See more »

Quotes

Steve Lacey: How come the smart guys are inside and the dopes outside?
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Soundtracks

Bringing in the Sheaves
Music by George A. Minor
Played by the Salvation Army band
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Pulp Fiction Boiled Rock Hard
6 June 2005 | by (woking) – See all my reviews

Simply one of the best hard boiled noir films I have seen. Sterling Hayden is, as usual, excellent, while a very young Charles Bronson is surprisingly good as a 'punk' hood. Seems to feature nearly all scenes as location, or hand-held camera and it seems at times like a particularly effective episode of a 50s TV cop show - except that the content is much more brutal and sharp. This is a dark, dark film both in storyline and in the quite brilliant photography. I'd really love to see this neglected classic come out on a restored print on DVD. Isn't it time Criterion updated their 'noir' list? This cries out for restoration and a re-release.


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