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Writers:
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)
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)
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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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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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According to an interview on US DVD, Jack L. Warner originally wanted Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner to star in the movie, but André De Toth vehemently protested this. Warner was fed up after a long argument and told De Toth he could make the movie any way he wanted, but it had to be in two weeks, which suited De Toth since he finished under schedule and under budget with his preferred star, Sterling Hayden.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:
Steve Lacey:How come the smart guys are inside and the dopes outside?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Bringing in the SheavesSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Taut little thriller, 21 May 2002
Author: Brian Ellis from Chantilly, VA

Short film that doesn't waste a moment. Life is short and hard in this film. Make one mistake and you're marked for life, at least that seems to be Sterling Hayden's motto. Gene Nelson gives a good performance as a man haunted by his past. Steve Lacey is so scarred by his past that it runs his current life, this eventually leads him into trouble. Andre De Toth keeps most of the film in the shadows and only a few scenes take place during the day. Even the climatic robbery is shot in the dark. The only false note is that Hayden's character doesn't act the same throughout the movie. I found the movie to be pretty brutal for the time and Charles Bronson did a good job portraying most of the brutality. All in all, a worthy entry in the film noir genre.

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