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Release Date:
27 January 1954 (USA) See more »
SHOCK AFTER SHOCK! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Wrongly accused of killing a bar-girl he was seen with earlier, a Korean War vet flees from the police in the company of a woman photographer and her young female model. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A True Sleeper; A Low-Budget Noir Adventure Well-Acted and Well-Directed See more (12 total) »


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Richard Conte ... Jim Henry

Joan Bennett ... Mrs. Cummings

Wanda Hendrix ... Susan Willis

Reed Hadley ... Det. Lt. Joe White Eagle

Mary Beth Hughes ... Terry Smith

Iris Adrian ... Dolly

Harry Harvey ... Mr. Carson
Tom Hubbard ... Det. Sgt. Ben Barnett

Frank Jenks ... Marine in Civvies

Murray Alper ... Ice Cream Truck Driver

Zon Murray ... Trooper in Cafe

House Peters Jr. ... Steve

Joseph Crehan ... Elderly Border Inspection Officer

Charles Anthony Hughes ... Chubby Border Inspection Officer (as Tony Hughes)
Bill Hale ... Harry
Fred Gabourie ... Trooper Al
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Johnny Duncan ... Marine (uncredited)

Directed by
Nathan Juran 
Writing credits
Herb Meadow (screenplay) and
Jerome Odlum (screenplay)

Tom Hubbard (additional dialogue) and
Fred Eggers (additional dialogue)

U.S. Anderson (story) and
Roger Corman (story)

Produced by
William F. Broidy .... executive producer
Roger Corman .... co-producer
Jack Jungmeyer .... producer (as Jack Jungmeyer Jr.)
A. Robert Nunes .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John J. Martin (photographed by) (as John Martin)
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Clarence Steensen  (as Clarence Steenson)
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Production Management
A.R. Milton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Beaudine Jr. .... assistant director (as Wm. Beaudine Jr.)
Art Department
James Harris .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ben Winkler .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... chief electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tommy Thompson .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ace Herman .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
Other crew
Joyce Webb .... set continuity (as Joyce Upson)
Crew believed to be complete

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70 min | Germany:72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16784, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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The car Jim, Mrs. Cummings, and Susan drive in the desert is a 1953 Dodge Coronet Sierra station wagon.See more »
Continuity: At the camp fire in the desert, Jim put his .45 caliber pistol on the rock with the barrel pointing away from the fire, but subsequent views of the gun show the barrel point toward the camp fire.See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A True Sleeper; A Low-Budget Noir Adventure Well-Acted and Well-Directed, 6 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This is a very unusual and low-budget B/W adventure from producer Roger Corman, directed by skillful Nathan Juran; one whose creators do a neat variation on the old tale of people kidnapped by a fugitive heading to somewhere and needing their vehicle or themselves as hostages. I find the storyline is straightforward and classic noir. Scene:  a casino in Las Vegas, a marine just back from service Marine (Richard Conte), buys a drink for platinum blonde (Mary Beth Hughes), and somehow insults her; so they have a public quarrel but then reconcile the problem.  The following  day, he is taken in by the sheriff an named the prime suspect in the girl's demise; she has been strangled. Using his military skills, he overpowers the officers holding him and sets out on the "lam". Troopers are checking the highways for him, hence the title, and also the state border; So he helps and hitches a ride with with a two women who have had car trouble. One is wealthy fashion photographer from New York, Joan Bennett; her young assistant, Wanda Hendrix, is the other. After a while the two try to rid themselves of him, but he stays with them--finally having to use force to have his way. He heads for the town where he grew up, for a climax, finding it under the waters of the Salton Sea. The film ends happily for Conte, but not before Bennett's dog has been killed, and he has been doubted severely and tested to the limit.  The film is inexpensive-looking and has indifferent dialogue by  but the story line is good, clean and memorable. Roger Corman devised the original story; four others had hands in the screenplay. There is original music by Edward Kay and some decent but hardly outstanding technical work. In the cast along with the principals are stalwart Reed Hadley, Frank Jenks, Iris Adrian, Harry Harvey,Tom Hubbard (one of the writers) and others all showing to advantage. I first saw this film nearly fifty years ago; and it is still memorable and satisfying; with more money and better dialogue, I believe these actors and the director could have made a fine narrative even better.

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