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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Johnny: Do you know me?
Carol: What gave you that idea?
Johnny: You were looking at me as if you did.
Carol: Couple of gals were staring at you. All I did was follow their eyes and hit you. I couldn't very well miss... such a big target.
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Written by Harold Spina and Bob Russell
Sung by Dolores Donlon, Anthony Quinn, voice on record
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Terrific Noir
12 October 2004 | by (Watertown, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

A well directed, well photographed little known gem of a film.

Great role for Quinn who would have made a great Mike Hammer. His primitive face and huge hands seem prepared for instant violence.

In spite of being a low budget film, the directing, acting and photography seems superior than that better known B classic 'Detour'. Gene Evans and Charles Coburn always took their character roles seriously and seemed incapable of bad performances. The lovely ballad that plays over the credits 'Once' is appropriately used throughout the movie and deserves to be a standard.

The scene where a bound-up Peggie Castle crawls to a bound-up Quinn (to get her hands on his hidden pistol under pretense of a final kiss) would have made a great paperback cover for a Spillane Novel.

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