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Director:
Writers:
Crane Wilbur (screen play)
Bernard Gordon (adaptation) ...
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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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An Exciting and well-filmed minor Film Noir See more (49 total) »

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)
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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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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:
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:
'Doc' Penny:Think about that wife of yours, Steve. You can't afford to make any mistakes.See more »
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Referenced in Trapped Ashes (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An Exciting and well-filmed minor Film Noir, 11 April 2000
Author: mackjay from Out there in the dark

This is one of those minor, but very enjoyable pictures that can easily slip by unnoticed. It isn't easy to find, and most Film Noir enthusiasts are familiar only with the title. But "Crime Wave" deserves to be seen by fans of the Noir or crime film genres. It's a terrific example of the lower-budget type of dramas that studios were turning out in the 1950s. The only major star is Sterling Hayden, who gives his usual acceptable performance, here as a disgruntled law enforcer. Gene Nelson, probably better known for musicals, is an interesting and successful choice for the protagonist, a man caught between good and evil. There's also an entertaining tough-guy type played by Charles Bronson.

What really distinguishes "Crime Wave" is its extensive use of Los Angeles locales. Apparently, location shooting was done to save money on sets, but with the passage of time, movies like this become documents of the way a city looked and operated in a past period. A number of scenes take place on busy LA streets and they lend a good deal of excitement to the proceedings.

With any luck, this picture will become available on video for more to see. It's the kind of movie that has the effect of reading a good pulp crime novel or story.

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