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Director:
Writers:
Roy Huggins (screenplay)
Thomas Walsh (novel) ...
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Release Date:
6 August 1954 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The Suspense Drama of the Year! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Kim Novak's first film, an excellent thriller See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred MacMurray ... Paul Sheridan

Philip Carey ... Rick McAllister (as Phil Carey)

Kim Novak ... Lona McLane

Dorothy Malone ... Ann Stewart

E.G. Marshall ... Police Lt. Carl Eckstrom
Allen Nourse ... Paddy Dolan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Anderson ... Beery--Mechanic (uncredited)
Joe Bailey ... Hobbs (uncredited)
Tony Barrett ... Pickup Artist in Bar (uncredited)
Walter Beaver ... Detective Schaeffer (uncredited)
Richard Bryan ... Detective Harris (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... First Bartender (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Detective Briggs (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Mr. Crockett (uncredited)
John De Simone ... Assistant Bank Manager (uncredited)
Alan Dexter ... Detective Fine (uncredited)
Don C. Harvey ... Detective Peters (uncredited)
Ann Loos ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Mort Mills ... Second Bartender (uncredited)
Ann Morriss ... Ellen Burnett (uncredited)

Paul Picerni ... Masher in Ann's Hallway (uncredited)

Paul Richards ... Harry Wheeler (uncredited)

Marion Ross ... Mrs. Crockett (uncredited)
K.L. Smith ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Billings (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Bank Executive (uncredited)
John Tarangelo ... Boy (uncredited)
Mel Welles ... Detective (uncredited)
Jack Wilson ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Roy Huggins (screenplay)

Thomas Walsh  novel "The Night Watch" and
Bill S. Ballinger  novel "Rafferty"

Produced by
Jules Schermer .... producer
Philip A. Waxman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Morton 
 
Cinematography by
Lester White (director of photography) (as Lester H. White)
 
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Corrick .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Nathan Scott .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Began shooting in mid-January 1954.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: As in "Double Indemnity", although Fred MacMurray's character is not married, he wears a wedding ring throughout the film.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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Movie Connections:
References The Nebraskan (1953)See more »
Soundtrack:
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Kim Novak's first film, an excellent thriller, 15 July 2008
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This film is especially notable as being the first film of Kim Novak. She is already a sizzler, from her very first scenes. The camera loves her, and her career from this point on was inevitable. It was only the next year that she set all the men of America afire by her sensuous role in Bill Inge's 'Picnic', opposite William Holden. High cheekbones never hurt a gal in films, and as Kim Novak must be of Czech descent judging from her name, we have here the classic Slav look. It wasn't long before 'Vertigo' and by then, Kim Novak had become an icon, which she remains to this day. Fred MacMurray is the leading man in this film, excellent as usual but really too old for someone like Novak to fall in love with at first sight as called for in this story. Oh well, that's casting for you. Dorothy Malone appears in this as a sweetie. The film is gripping, at the tail end of noir, a mixture of crime, cops, and mystery. The post-War mood of sombre brooding is ending, things are lightening up a bit, and crime and corruption are no longer seen as an intrusive Dark Hand of Doom but as eruptions into daily life of natural human impulses of greed, lust, and evil, which are as spontaneous as barbecues are in summer in Texas. These things 'just happen', and an end of the world scenario of being engulfed by wickedness is now seen more prosaically as 'oh no, not another crook and another crime!' As crime keeps on happening, you kind of get used to it, and films like this take on an air of 'here we go again'. So it is no longer brooding atmosphere but gripping intrigue which makes the movies work by the mid-1950s.

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