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Pushover (1954)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  6 August 1954 (USA)
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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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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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The Killer Wore a Badge  »

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Began shooting in mid-January 1954. See more »

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As in "Double Indemnity", although Fred MacMurray's character is not married, he wears a wedding ring throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Paul Sheridan: Your place or mine?
Lona McLane: Surprise me.
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And Introducing Kim Novak See more »

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References The Nebraskan (1953) 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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Not Quite
16 February 2003 | by (Bay Area, California) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly tight little thriller, a good but not quite good enough film noir to be counted among the classics. While it owes a lot to "Double Indemnity" and foreshadows "Rear Window," it just doesn't rise to their memorable level. Fred MacMurray offers an eerily familiar, though less inspired, repeat of his performance in the Wilder classic; Kim Novak (in her first film) is no match for Stanwyck, nor did she ever become one; Richard Quine simply was not as fine a director as Hitchcock or Wilder. And yet, it's a pretty good bit of entertainment, recommended to those who appreciate the genre as a whole rather than merely a short list of classics.


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