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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)

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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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Javerts have their uses when they're right, 10 April 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

If Loophole had starred a well known actor like Robert Mitchum this film would be better known. But Barry Sullivan good actor that he was never made it to the top tier. As it is it does have Dorothy Malone as Sullivan's loyal supportive wife, but this was two years away from Malone's Oscar performance in Written On The Wind which vaulted her career into the big time.

In fact had Malone already made Written On The Wind she would have gotten the part that Mary Beth Hughes had as the hard hearted dame who drives Don Beddoe into a life of crime.

I have to say that Beddoe and Hughes had one brilliant scheme for embezzlement. They take $50,000.00 from the bank where Sullivan works as a teller and suspicion falls on him. The whole movie is Sullivan trying to clear himself of suspicion.

He's in fact initially questioned by the police and FBI and let go for lack of evidence. But the insurance investigator Charles McGraw stays doggedly and Javert like on his trail. Sometimes Javerts have their uses, but only when they're right. McGraw is dead wrong and won't back off. He keeps hounding Sullivan hoping he'll lead him to the money that he doesn't have.

Beddoe is another interesting character. It's like they borrowed Alec Guinness's character from The Lavendar Hill Mob and used it here in a serious vein. He's this mild mannered teller who gets seduced by Mary Beth Hughes and then embezzles the money. Just a man thinking with his male member getting a taste of a sexy dame way out of his league.

It's Hughes however that really dominates this film. One of her best bad girl roles. But she's definitely one you might risk imprisonment for a little nookie.

Sullivan's a true tragic figure who fortunately had a couple of people believing in him. He's not arrested but he loses his teller job and then McGraw keeps on his trail getting him fired from every job he gets. I've known law enforcement people like that, won't explore other alternatives to a theory of a crime. I've known people who've suffered because of it.

Loophole is quite the sleeper noir film. Definitely do not miss this if it is broadcast.

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