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Crane Wilbur (screen play)
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Release Date:
6 March 1954 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sterling Hayden ... Det. Lt. Sims

Gene Nelson ... Steve Lacey

Phyllis Kirk ... Ellen Lacey

Ted de Corsia ... 'Doc' Penny

Charles Bronson ... Ben Hastings (as Charles Buchinsky)

Jay Novello ... Dr. Otto Hessler
Nedrick Young ... Gat Morgan (as Ned Young)
James Bell ... Daniel O'Keefe

Dub Taylor ... Gus Snider (as Dubb Taylor)
Gayle Kellogg ... Detective Kelly
Mack Chandler ... Detective Sully
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Iris Adrian ... Hastings' Girlfriend (uncredited)
Joe Bassett ... Cop (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... Detective (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Johnny Haslett (uncredited)
Tom Clarke ... Salvation Army Singer (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Cop in Squad Car (uncredited)

Doris Day ... Herself - Radio Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Dennis Dengate ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Eileen Elliott ... 4th Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Fritz Feld ... Jess (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Detective / Bank Officer (uncredited)
Diane Fortier ... 1st Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Barfly at Counter (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Zenner (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... 2nd 1Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Bank Guard (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey ... Old Man Crossing Street (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Lefty (uncredited)
Faith Kruger ... Salvation Army Singer (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Hoodlum at Counter (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Roadblock Officer (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... 3rd Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Richard Lightner ... Mark (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Detective (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Mrs. O'Keefe (uncredited)
Shirley O'Hara ... Girl with Bandaged Man (uncredited)

John Pickard ... Information Officer (uncredited)
George Ross ... Cop (uncredited)
Ted Ryan ... Bank Janitor (uncredited)
Sandy Sanders ... Cop (uncredited)
Bill Schroff ... Delivery Man (uncredited)
John Veitch ... Information Officer (uncredited)
Shirley Whitney ... Girl (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Beer-Drinker at Counter (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Parolee (uncredited)
Jack Woody ... Stoolie (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Sweeney (uncredited)

Directed by
André De Toth 
 
Writing credits
Crane Wilbur (screen play)

Bernard Gordon (adaptation) and
Richard Wormser (adaptation)

John Hawkins (story "Criminal's Mark") and
Ward Hawkins (story "Criminal's Mark")

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James McMahon .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Moss Mabry .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
 
Other crew
R.A. Lohrman .... technical advisor (as Capt. R.A. Lohrman)
 

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73 min
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
A few seconds of footage in Crime Wave are borrowed from Gun Crazy (1950). When suspects are rounded up following the attack on the gas station, we see police cars stopping by the entrance of a police station and letting out their suspects. This piece of footage can be seen in Deadly Is The Female, just after the payroll holdup, when police launch their dragnet.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Dr. Otto Hessler:People. They accept the love of a dog, and when it gets old and sick they say put it to sleep.See more »
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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
This Is Film Noir!, 4 September 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is excellent example of film noir: almost everything you'd want in this genre. Right from the opening shot, this had noir written all over it by cinematographer Bert Glennon, and from opening holdup-murder scene at the gas station, you knew you were in for a rough ride.

Speaking of "rough," I can't think of too many actors who were better and more suited for noir than Sterling Hayden, who delivers yet another uncompromising hard-headed, tough- guy character. This time he's a cop, "Det. Lt. Sims," and one with no use for any "con," even if the guy (in this case, Gene Nelson's "Steve Lacey") has cleaned up his act.

It wasn't just the photography and Haden, the entire cast was fascinating, and it's simply a fast-moving, entertaining film. Andre de Toth's direction also was terrific. He directed only one other noir: Pitfall, another great film that we are still waiting to see on DVD. At least this film finally made it to disc.

I had forgotten what classic beauty Phyllis Kirk possessed. Wow, what a face! She starred as "Nora Charles" on the popular "Thin Man" television series in the '50s. In here, she plays Lacey's wife "Ellen." Rather that going through the whole cast, I'll just say it was a hoot to see Timothy Carey again, even if his role was limited. This guy played the most whacked-out minor characters I've ever seen in movies. (See "The Killing" for a good example of what I mean.) Jay Novello as the veterinarian ex-con also was really interesting.

I'll tell you what else was nice: the realistic scenes with actual locations around Los Angeles in the early '50s. This movie had a number of hand-held camera shots. Even the holdup in the bank was done in a real bank. There are few, if any, hokey studio shots in this movie. It's the real deal..... and very much recommended. Combined with "Decoy" on the same disc, it makes for a nice double--feature for a night of noir.

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