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28 March 1954 (USA) See more »
Desperate man on the hot spot... and only one way out! See more »
A bank teller attempts to clear his name and rebuild his career after he is wrongly accused of theft. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Barry Sullivan ... Mike Donovan

Dorothy Malone ... Ruthie Donovan

Charles McGraw ... Gus Slavin
Don Haggerty ... Neil Sanford

Mary Beth Hughes ... Vera

Don Beddoe ... Herman Tate
Dayton Lummis ... Jim Starling
Joanne Jordan ... Georgia Hoard
John Eldredge ... Frank Temple
Richard Reeves ... Pete Mazurki / Tanner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Close ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Bank Examiner (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Mr. Johnson - Bank Examiner (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Bank Employee (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Bank Examiner (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Sam - Bank Guard (uncredited)
Don C. Harvey ... Police Detective / Interrogator (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Mr. Gregory - Gas Station Owner (uncredited)

Bill Hickman ... Bank Customer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Jim - Police Detective (uncredited)
John Pickard ... Police Detective / Interrogator (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Charlie - Cab Driver (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Bank Manager (uncredited)

Carleton Young ... Lie Detector Technician (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold D. Schuster  (as Harold Schuster)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dwight V. Babcock  story
George Bricker  story
Warren Douglas  screenplay

Produced by
Warren Douglas .... associate producer
Lindsley Parsons .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
William A. Sickner  (as William Sickner)
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Ben Bone 
Makeup Department
Ted Larsen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Rex Bailey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Wonder .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Editorial Department
Ace Herman .... supervising editor
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
Other crew
Bobbie Sierks .... set continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

The house on Westward Beach Rd., Westward Beach, Malibu (CA), in the final scenes also appears in the final scenes of Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).See more »


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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Charles McGraw to the rescue!, 23 June 2003
Author: mackjay from Out there in the dark

LOOPHOLE avoids being routine through the strength of its casting and some interesting characters. Barry Sullivan is very good as a bank teller victimized in a brazen robbery scheme: he is responsible for nearly $50,000 that goes missing. As his wife, Dorothy Malone looks terrific and adds an enjoyable smartness to what could have been a humdrum role. Most interesting of all is Charles McGraw as the tenacious insurance investigator, Gus Slavin. He is convinced Sullivan is faking innocence and biding his time. McGraw has several enjoyable opportunities to harrass Sullivan, and he also sabotages the poor teller's attempts to get on with his life.

Like most B movies, LOOPHOLE makes use of improbable coincidence. But we don't mind it so much when they involve the likes of Don Beddoe and the nicely played femme fatale of Mary Beth Hughes. There are also many interesting LA locations to be seen in the film.

Well worth a look, particularly for noir enthusiasts.

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