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: 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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Next to "The Falcon," my film noir favorite.
11 September 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

One professional reviewer calls this film "meandering, actionless." I'd call it complex and psychological, with well-developed characters and some memorable dialog. It is quintessential film noir with a torrid romance thrown in. You have to suspend your disbelief to buy it, but you'll gladly toss it away and revel in the intensity of it's emotions and unexpected plot twists. It's not just a battle of wits with dangerous adversaries, it's a hero's quest for truth and a search for lost love. You're kept guessing as to the finish right until the end -- more importantly, you care how it ends. I saw it at least a half dozen times back in the 1950s and 60s. I'd like to see it again and discover if it's as good as I remember it -- or whether I was just a hormone-charged teenager with a crush on Anthony Quinn. ;-)

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