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A Bullet for Joey (1955)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  13 January 1956 (Finland)
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In Montreal, a police inspector slowly discovers a plot to kidnap a nuclear physicist, American mobsters, foreign spies, and a blonde seductress, are all involved.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Inspector Raoul Leduc
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Joe Victor aka Steiner
Audrey Totter ...
Joyce Geary
George Dolenz ...
Dr. Carl Macklin
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Eric Hartman
Toni Gerry ...
Yvonne Temblay
William Bryant ...
Jack Allen (as Bill Bryant)
John Cliff ...
Morrie
Steven Geray ...
Raphael Garcia
Joseph Vitale ...
Nick Johonus
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Marie Temblay
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Fred
Kaaren Verne ...
Viveca Hartman (as Karen Verne)
Henri Letondal ...
Dubois
Stan Malotte ...
Paul
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Storyline

Montreal: the former well-known gangster Joey Victor is fetched from Europe, where he was deported to from USA. His shall kidnap the nuclear physicist Dr. Macklin and bring him behind the Iron Curtain. Joey reactivates his old gang, including the formerly attractive Joyce. She shall seduce the erotically inexperienced Macklin and lure him out of his closely protected quarters. But the FBI becomes suspicious... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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THE SCREEN'S TOP "TOUGH GUYS" MEET FACE TO FACE! (original print ad - all caps)


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13 January 1956 (Finland)  »

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As the sedan carrying Nick and Morrie prepares to pass the telephone repair truck that the police are using for undercover purposes, the camera and several members of the crew are visibly reflected in the door of the truck. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant: I'm sorry. I lost my head, Inspector.
Insp. Raoul Leduc: Well, find it. You'll need your head if we're going to discover who committed this murder.
Sergeant: Well, why would anyone want to kill a decent man like Dan Percy?
Insp. Raoul Leduc: Perhaps the murderer didn't stop to ask if he was decent.
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All the right elemens and even two big actors can't pull this one off
27 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Bullet for Joey (1955)

There are some quirky oddball aspects to this film that keep it interesting--but only in spurts. First of all, there's George Raft, who is past his best days, but it's interesting all the same to see an actor with some great movies in his past. The whole strange premise of the movie, which gets a little lost in petty distractions, is about Communist spying, with a gangster (Raft) doing some gangstery things across the border--in Canada. The good guy is the inimitable Edward G. Robinson, who has a minor role despite his big billing.

What drags the movie is the basics--the story, and the direction. Lewis Allen has a couple of decent films to his credit--"Suddenly" is great, and so is "The Uninvited"--but the mundane settings and amorphous plot here are sometimes just dull. I think this is classic case of too many variables that didn't quite click, and Allen couldn't lift it up to something fabulous. As usual, the best scenes are good, but even the ending, with all its drama, doesn't quite click.


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