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When FBI Agent Zack Stewart is killed, Agent John Ripley takes over the three cases he was working on, hoping one will lead to his killer. The first involves gangster Joe Walpo and Ripley finds his hideout through Joe's girl friend, Connie Anderson. Joe is killed but it is established he was 400 miles away when Stewart was murdered. The next involves a car-theft gang which Ripley breaks up by using one of the gang, Vince Angelino and his wife Julie. The last case involves Kate Martell, the victim of an extortionist who threatens to kidnap her child unless she pays him $10,000. Written by
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This isn't like me to go to pieces like this. It's not knowing when he's going to call again. Every time the phone rings I jump.
FBI Agent John 'Rip' Ripley:
That's the pattern of extortionists, Mrs. Martell. To frighten you to the point you'll do whatever he wants. But we won't let 'em.
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F.B.I. melodrama stars Broderick Crawford as agent...
Based on a novel by The Gordons called "Case File: F.B.I.", this is a semi-documentary style crime drama from Columbia starring BRODERICK CRAWFORD as a diligent F.B.I. agent John Ripley assigned to crack a few unsolved cases when a fellow agent on the job is killed in the line of duty.
RUTH ROMAN, MARISA PAVAN and MARTHA HYER are the three women connected to the cases, all of whom give good performances but Pavan is particularly touching as a blind woman.
The documentary style is nicely handled and there's a twist at the end that came as a real surprise to me.
Not great, but an interesting example of satisfactory film noir.
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