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Director:
Writers:
W.R. Burnett (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
16 March 1956 (France) See more »
Tagline:
He was a guy who marked 100 men for death - until a blonde called 'Angel' O'Hara marked him for life! See more »
Plot:
After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Brilliant Performance by Robinson See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Edward G. Robinson ... Victor Scott

Nina Foch ... Ellen Miles

Hugh Marlowe ... Ray Borden

Jayne Mansfield ... Angel O'Hara

Albert Dekker ... Frank Garland
Howard St. John ... E.A. Smith

Ellen Corby ... Miss Hinkel

Edward Platt ... Ralph Ford
Jan Merlin ... Andy Garth

Robert Ellenstein ... Joe Knight
Jay Adler ... Joseph Carter
Henry Kulky ... Taylor
James McCallion ... Allen Parker
Addison Richards ... Steve Harper
Lawrence Dobkin ... Al Carol

DeForest Kelley ... Edward Clary (as DeForest Kelly)
Clark Howat ... George Graves
Stewart Nedd ... Phillips (as Stuart Nedd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Alcaide ... Cop at Property Desk (uncredited)
John Alvin ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Roxanne Arlen ... Ginnie Hathaway (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Baynes Barron ... District Attorney's Man (uncredited)
Don Bender ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Julie Bennett ... Ms. Worth (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Scott's Client (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Municipal Court Judge (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Ruth (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Close ... Prison Switchboard Guard (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Diana Darrin ... Dorothy (uncredited)
Pauline Drake ... Woman (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Judge (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Mark Hanna ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Doctor (uncredited)
Larry Hudson ... Detective (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Restaurant Patron / Courtroom Photographer (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
John Larch ... District Attorney's Man (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Gloria Benson (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Party Waiter (uncredited)
John McKee ... Detective (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Judge (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Man in Drunk Tank (uncredited)
Eleanor Moore ... Mrs. Seltzer (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... John Seltzer (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Ross ... Cop (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Jailer (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Night Orderly (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Courtroom Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Juror (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Mr. Manning (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Municipal Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Bartender (uncredited)
Gil Warren ... Foreman (uncredited)
Justice Watson ... Judge Wick (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lewis Allen 
 
Writing credits
W.R. Burnett (screenplay) and
James R. Webb (screenplay)

Frank J. Collins (story)

Produced by
Frank P. Rosenberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Pat O'Grady .... body makeup (uncredited)
Tillie Starriett .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Quinn .... assistant director (as Phil Quinn)
C. Carter Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ben L. Goldman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Harry Goldman .... props (uncredited)
Bill Hall .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Leon Albert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Wesley Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... head grip (uncredited)
Burt Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Richard L. Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Moss Mabry .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Charles W. Mack .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lloyd Nosler .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Fred Applegate .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr .... stand-in: Edward G. Robinson (uncredited)
Jackson Parks .... publicist (uncredited)
Eugene Williams .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #17439) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Frank Garland's impressive collection of Impressionist art actually was loaned to the film by collector Edward G. Robinson. Included are works by Gaugin, Degas, Duran, and Robinson's wife, Gladys Lloyd.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 23 mins) During the chase scene, the film is flipped for all three cars as they make a left turn; the steering wheels are on the right side, the license plates are backwards and all the building sign-age is reversed.See more »
Quotes:
Victor Scott:[drunkenly] Told you to make it a double!
Bartender:I did, Mr. Scott.
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Movie Connections:
References Miracle in the Rain (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
Too Marvelous for WordsSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant Performance by Robinson, 15 August 2008
Author: ZenVortex from United States

This movie reminded me of how great an actor Edward G. Robinson was. His performance is absolutely brilliant as the tough crime-fighting D.A. who sends an innocent man to the electric chair, then drowns his sorrows in the bottle and morphs into an unscrupulous attorney for the Mob.

There is some terrific dialog, like when he admonishes the new D.A. with: "When you sit in that chair and have a thought, just remember, I sat there too and had it before you."

Although the remainder of the cast deliver good performances, the movie is basically a showcase of Robinson's incredible acting talent. He dominates every scene he is in -- except where the gorgeous Jayne Mansfield is present, who plays the crime boss's classy mistress.

Mansfield is poetry-in-motion, a screen goddess, and much better than Marilyn Monroe ever was. This is her film debut and she only appears in a few short scenes - which she totally steals - but is absolutely stunning eye candy. It's worth noting that although Mansfield is portrayed as a dumb blonde, in real life she had an IQ of 163, spoke 5 languages, and was an accomplished pianist - a talent she splendidly shows off in the movie by playing and singing for the crime boss.

The direction and cinematography are good. There are some nice plot twists and Robinson finally redeems his character in an unexpected ending. This movie is classic noir and not to be missed.

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