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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:
This year the great suspense drama is PUSHOVER The Story of temptation
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:
Noteworthy for the film debut of Kim Novak...tight suspense... See more (27 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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Runtime:
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:
Continuity: When Paul calls Lona in her apartment during the stakeout, it is clearly raining. When he meets her on the roof a few minutes later, it is not raining and there are stars in the night sky.See more »
Quotes:
Lona McLane:Well, it's been weird knowing you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
There Goes That Song AgainSee more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Noteworthy for the film debut of Kim Novak...tight suspense..., 17 January 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

PUSHOVER is an underrated, little known crime melodrama from the mid-'50s that introduced the blonde beauty of KIM NOVAK to audiences and gave FRED MacMURRAY another chance to play an authority figure seduced by the charms of a femme fatale. When the story begins, it turns out his accidental meeting with Novak was really a set-up, he being a cop assigned to keep track of her whereabouts after a bank hold-up results in the death of a police officer.

He suspects that her mobster boyfriend pulled the job and at first resists when she tries to convince him they can use the bank money for themselves. But eventually, he weakens and before you know it he's informing her that her phone is wire tapped and the two of them are just one step ahead of the police for the rest of the film.

PHIL CAREY, as a fellow officer and E.G. MARSHALL as the lead detective are excellent in supporting roles, as is DOROTHY MALONE in a pivotal role as a girl occupying the apartment next to Novak in a U-shaped building that enables MacMurray and Carey to keep an eye on both gals through binoculars (shades of REAR WINDOW).

Conveniently, no one ever draws the blinds in these sort of thrillers and spying is made so easy for the sake of plotting, as the 24-hour surveillance occupies much of the story. The noir elements are present throughout, the dark rainy streets, the shadowy photography during car chases, the clipped delivery of lines, the murder scheme gone awry, the femme fatale angelic on the outside, bad within.

But somehow it never becomes a major film noir, relegated to its place in obscurity over the years and not really a title that pops up when one speaks of film noir--but it does qualify as noir, on a minor scale, and it's given some taut direction and tight suspense by director Richard Quine.

Kim is as easy as ever on the eyes although a bit robotic in her acting technique and never quite convincing as a mobster's moll. MacMurray has a less interesting, more one-dimensional role as a cop corrupted by beauty.

All in all, definitely worth watching.

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