MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 60,965 this week

Finger Man (1955)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 90 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 3 critic

An ex-con goes undercover for the government to "finger" the crime boss who made his sister a drug addict.

Director:

(as Harold Schuster)

Writers:

(story), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 484 titles
created 01 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 751 titles
created 30 Jun 2012
 
a list of 119 titles
created 23 Jan 2013
 
a list of 320 titles
created 24 Dec 2013
 
a list of 2240 titles
created 02 Apr 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Finger Man" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Finger Man (1955)

Finger Man (1955) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Finger Man.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Santa Fe (1951)
Action | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After their service in the Civil War, four brothers go their separate ways, but later find themselves on opposite sides of a final showdown.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Randolph Scott, Janis Carter, Jerome Courtland
Calcutta (1947)
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Neale and Pedro fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their buddy Bill is murdered they investigate. Neale meets Bill's fiancée Virginia and becomes suspicious of a deeper plot while also falling for her charms.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Bendix
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Ramseys, David and Joyce (Barry Sullivan and Bette Davis), have been married for about 21 years and have two daughters (Betty Lynn and Peggie Castle)... See full synopsis »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Bette Davis, Barry Sullivan, Jane Cowl
I, the Jury (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Dectective Mike Hammer is determined to catch and kill the person who shot his close friend dead, so he follows clues that lead to a beautiful, seductive woman.

Director: Harry Essex
Stars: Biff Elliot, Preston Foster, Peggie Castle
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Wendell Corey, Vera Ralston, Forrest Tucker
Adventure | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

In colonial America, wanderer Deerslayer gets involved with Tom Hutter, a bigoted trapper, and his two contrasting daughters.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Lex Barker, Rita Moreno, Forrest Tucker
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a brutal police detective Lt. murders a bookmaker's runner for $25,000 in cash, a deaf mute sees him do it, and now he finds he must kill again to try and cover his tracks.

Directors: Howard W. Koch, Edmond O'Brien
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, John Agar, Marla English
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At an isolated, seaside greasy-spoon cafe live George, the sarcastic owner; Slob, the potentially violent cook; and Kotty, the sexy waitress all the men lust after. Plus an occasional ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dein
Stars: Terry Moore, Frank Lovejoy, Keenan Wynn
Three Secrets (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A five-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash in the mountains of California. When the newspapers reveal the boy was adopted and that the crash occurred on his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, Ruth Roman
Port of Hell (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The new warden of a large American harbor raises the hackles of sailors and fishermen by his strict enforcement of all the safety rules. He takes the time, though, to romance the sister of his biggest rival.

Director: Harold D. Schuster
Stars: Dane Clark, Carole Mathews, Marshall Thompson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Timothy Carey
Stars: Timothy Carey, Jenny Jackson, Frank Buchanan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Lovejoy ...
...
Dutch Becker
...
Gladys Baker
...
Lou Terpe
John Cliff ...
Johnny Cooper
William F. Leicester ...
Jim Rogers (as William Leicester)
Glen Gordon ...
Carlos Armor (as Glenn Gordon)
John Close ...
'Big' Walters
Hugh Sanders ...
Mr. Burns
Evelyn Eaton ...
Lucille Martin
Charles Maxwell ...
Fred Amory
Dorothy Green
Edit

Storyline

Treasury agents, desperate to get evidence on syndicate kingpin Dutch Becker, give ex-con hood Casey Martin a choice...life in prison or courting sudden death as a government 'finger man.' Finding that his sister is now a drug addict thanks to Becker, Martin agrees to go undercover. Becker's chief aide proves to be sadistic Lou Terpe, Martin's former cellmate whom he can't stand the sight of. And the danger hanging over Martin expands to threaten those around him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"I put the finger on Public Enemy Number One!"

Genres:

Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entfesselte Unterwelt  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Frank Lovejoy goes undercover to get crime boss Forest Tucker
2 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Finger Man" is a fine film noir that I've seen 3 or 4 times. A good film starts with a good script. This has it. A good script tells a coherent and gripping story by selecting a scope of action that fits into the 80-100 minute format and scenes that are essential and meaningful. Too many modern movies fail at these basics, by having too much scope or irrelevant scenes or a story that doesn't move along coherently. The modern techniques of story-telling, the sometimes stunning photography, the fast editing, and so on cannot compensate or substitute for the lack of story-telling. The story here is wisely kept to a minimum, mainly detailing how Lovejoy seeks to gain the confidence of Tucker. It's not a big or terrific story by any means, but it does the job, which means we stay with it and lose ourselves in the narrative.

The actors today too often put up a barrier between themselves and the audience by acting and by not inhabiting characters that seem real. The actors in a movie like "Finger Man" are totally convincing and we never for a moment doubt that we are seeing their characters, not actors playing characters. Lovejoy is a tough criminal who is recruited to go undercover and expose crime boss Forest Tucker. Peggie Castle is Lovejoy's love interest, once employed as a b-girl or call girl by Tucker. It's a pleasure to watch such fine acting. Tucker is amazingly good in this role, by underplaying it. His main bodyguard is the unique Timothy Carey. He stares maliciously, he grits his teeth, he does something with his fingers (you'll have to see it), and he even cries like a coward when struck.

I like the way that director Harold Schuster repeatedly uses the environment to show Lovejoy behind "bars" or trapped. In one case he uses a grated fencing at a transportation terminal, in another a window's wooden slats, and in another a basement fence. The film begins and ends with dark streets.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Finger Man (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?