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Release Date:
6 August 1954 (USA) See more »
The Suspense Drama of the Year! See more »
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 »
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A poor man's version of Double Indemnity See more (28 total) »


  (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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Began shooting in mid-January 1954.See more »
Factual errors: 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:Money? It's nice, but it doesn't make the world go around.
Paul Sheridan:Doesn't it? Do you know anybody who's happily married who hasn't got plenty of it?
Rick McAllister:Sure, my old man...
Paul Sheridan:Yeah? My folks hated each other. Fighting all the time... and always about money.
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Movie Connections:
References It Should Happen to You (1954)See more »
There Goes That Song AgainSee more »


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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A poor man's version of Double Indemnity, 23 September 2003
Author: flordebob from Cleveland, OH

It's Fred MacMurray again, as a virtuous agent for the causes of good. Instead of playing an insurance salesman with an eye for the fast buck, here he's playing a cop assigned to shadow Novak, the mobster's moll. Kim Novak is as beautiful as she's ever appeared on the screen. The lighting in her early scenes is as dramatic and sensual as it can be. Who wouldn't fall in love with her? Comparisons with Double Indemnity just can't be ignored. She is the vamp that Barbara Stanwyck could never be. She's softer and more feminine in that 50's style, and less hard-edged than Stanwyck, which makes her much more dangerous. Novak's generally wooden acting style & "flat affect" gives way to a softer sex-kitten demeanor. MacMurray's character is a more active participant in the events that unfold than in "DD", where he seemed to get his courage and strength from Stanwyck's cold & calculating personna. Billy Wilder could have made this a masterpiece, but even without the guidance of the master's hand, this one is definitely well-worth watching.

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