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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The Assistant DA falls for mysterious Thelma when she seeks help solving robberies of her aunt's estate. He is suspicious of her, but weakened as he is love-stuck.

Director: Robert Siodmak
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Complete credited cast:
Paul Sheridan
Rick McAllister (as Phil Carey)
Lona McLane
Ann Stewart
Police Lt. Carl Eckstrom
Allen Nourse ...
Paddy Dolan


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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Release Date:

6 August 1954 (USA)  »

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The Killer Wore a Badge  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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. You 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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And Introducing Kim Novak See more »


Referenced in Fright Night Part 2 (1988) See more »


There Goes That Song Again
Music by Jule Styne (uncredited)
Played by duo pianists at the cocktail lounge
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Double Indemnity part 2?
21 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect this movie to be this good knowing nothing about it. Kim Novak is not the bitch that Barbara Stanwyck is, but the most beautiful actress on the movie screen and shy way about her that was truly sensuous. No matter who the leading man in her movies was, you just felt the helplessness of them being totally enthralled with this soft, sensuous, unbelievable sex goddess, for lack of another original description.

This is only the second movie I seen Fred MacMurray in (no my three sons here) besides Double Indemnity and his performance is very good here also,... just as Double Indemnity... I found myself hoping he would get away with it!

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