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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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Well paced, well cast late noir from underrated Andre De Toth See more (48 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)
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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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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:
Ellen Lacey:But you haven't done anything! You're innocent!
Steve Lacey:Once you do a stretch, you're never clean again! You're never free! They've always got a string on you, and they tug, tug, tug! Before you know it, you're back again!
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Well paced, well cast late noir from underrated Andre De Toth, 27 November 2001
Author: bmacv from Western New York

It's too bad Andre De Toth didn't contribute more to the noir cycle, because on the evidence he was a natural (plus he was married to early-noir icon Veronica Lake). The Pitfall, made in 1948, looks more and more like one of the best, and most central, movies in the cycle, but (except for the early, more gothic Dark Waters) De Toth only returned to it once, with Crime Wave. Its story is not a fresh one: an ex-con trying to go straight (Gene Nelson) is coerced by circumstances to aid and abet a gang of his former cellmates. The uncomfortable spot he finds himself in lies between them and the law, personified by Sterling Hayden as a tough, unforgiving police detective. There's much more attention to character in the film's hour-and-a-quarter running time than in many full-length features of the era; Jay Novello, as an alcoholic veterinarian who doubles as an underworld sawbones, is especially memorable. By any reckoning Crime Wave is a minor film -- even a minor second feature -- but De Toth lavishes easy expertise on it; it's surprisingly well paced, well shot, as well interestingly cut. Why so many talented directors (many of them refugees from Europe) were relegated, in the 1950s, to "genre" movies -- crime dramas, 3-D schlockfests and westerns -- is a puzzle. In any case, I'd give any three of De Toth's westerns AND his House of Wax for just one more film noir boasting his directorial credit.

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