An amnesiac finally learns his true a murder suspect. And he doesn't even know whether he is guilty...


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Complete credited cast:
Wendy Miller
Carol Shay (as Shawn Smith)
Dolores Donlon ...
Troy Avalon
Barry Kelley ...
James Millican ...
Police Capt. Lindsey
Bruno VeSota ...
Eddie Packman
Jay Adler ...
John Damler ...
Alan Logan
Pop Henderson


Hitchhiker Johnny McBride is badly hurt and loses his memory when the car he is riding in crashes. Two years later, a clue leads him to his old home town, where he finds he is a murder suspect. Johnny tries to discover the truth about the murder, while pursued by gangsters and several seductive women. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Three Thrill-Hungry Dames Played Me For A Sucker ... - Now it's my turn !


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Release Date:

26 May 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nettoyage par le vide  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Johnny: Nobody knows where I come from, not even me.
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Written by Harold Spina and Bob Russell
Sung by Dolores Donlon, Anthony Quinn, voice on record
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Excellent version of Mickey Spillane's book.
30 August 2009 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Mickey Spillane was far better than what people use to give him credit for. His tough guys and sexy, deadly women gave a new life to the private eye novels of the fifties. This is a surprisingly good, forgotten film directed by Victor Saville, who also directed the famous flop "The Silver Chalice". Also a top cinematographer Franz Planer. The story is about Johnny McBride (Anthony Quinn), a man that lost his memory and also his fingerprints. McBride was involved in stealing 250000 dollars from a bank, together with a woman named Vera, who changed her looks and name. There are two remarkable moments in the film, first when the gangster Servo (Gene Evans) has all four women suspected of being Vera together, and then when the beautiful Venus (Peggy Castle) with long blond hair,tied up, drags herself to kiss McBride. Spillane's characters belong to a fantasy pulp, world and there resides their charm.

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