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Pushover (1954)

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A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood nd the cops.

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Paul Sheridan
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Rick McAllister (as Phil Carey)
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Lona McLane
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Ann Stewart
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Police Lt. Carl Eckstrom
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Paddy Dolan
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A bank heist yields $210,000. Soon, sultry Lona McLane, girlfriend of one of the robbers, meets Paul Sheridan and has a torrid affair. When she finds out Paul's a cop, to save herself she sets out to corrupt him. He's a pushover. But it won't be easy for Paul to get his hands on the money when he's part of a complex, peeping-tom stakeout. Soon, he's in much deeper than he'd planned, amid atmospheric night scenes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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This year the great suspense drama is PUSHOVER The Story of temptation


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6 August 1954 (USA)  »

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The Killer Wore a Badge  »

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The movie showing at the theater at the beginning of the movie is The Nebraskan which Philip Carey starred in the year before. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Eckstrom explains the layout of the apartment building to the detectives, he points to the apartment where the stakeout will take place, then points to a room just below it and tells the detectives to be sure to avoid contact with the other tenants. The room he points to is a bedroom in the stakeout apartment, so no tenants would be in that room. See more »

Quotes

Rick McAllister: New car, mink coat, no clocks in the joint... probably the story of her life.
Paul Sheridan: You just don't like women, Rick.
Rick McAllister: What keeps you single?
Paul Sheridan: Maybe I like 'em too much.
Rick McAllister: I've seen all kinds since we joined the force... B-girls, hustlers, blackmailers, shoplifters, drunks. Yu know, I think I'd still be married if I could find a half-honest woman. Must be a few of 'em around.
Paul Sheridan: Watch yourself! Those few might just be smarter!
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Referenced in Fright Night Part 2 (1988) See more »

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There Goes That Song Again
Music by Jule Styne (uncredited)
Played by duo pianists at the cocktail lounge
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Tight, one locale film noir
3 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Tight, driven little peice of "film noir" with MacMurray as a good cop driven to distraction (and murder) by the gangester moll (Novak, in her film debut, somewhat more effective than usual) he's been assigned to spy on. Malone fills in for a charming bit as the girl-next-door who MacMurray's sidekick falls for. Typically, a mistake is made by the criminals, and they will pay for it, but they're having fun along the way. Some confusion in the script seems to have resulted in Novak's character turning somewhat sympathetic towards the ending, sounding a disingenuous note. Still, good solid bit of film.


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