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Director:
Writers:
W.R. Burnett (screenplay) and
James R. Webb (screenplay) ...
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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:
"I Don't Blame People; I Bury Them!" See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)
Leon Alton ... Court Clerk (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)
Paul Bradley ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Defendant (uncredited)
John Breen ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Guard (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)
Tom Coleman ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Client Leaving Office (uncredited)
Diana Darrin ... Dorothy (uncredited)
Pauline Drake ... Woman (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Judge (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Juror (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Department Head (uncredited)
Mark Hanna ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Larry Hudson ... Detective (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Barfly (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Courtroom Spectator (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)
Mathew McCue ... Defendant (uncredited)
John McKee ... Detective (uncredited)
William Meader ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Judge (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Man in Drunk Tank (uncredited)
Eleanor Moore ... Mrs. Seltzer (uncredited)
Sol Murgi ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Butler (uncredited)
Gilman Rankin ... Juror (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Restaurant Patron (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)
Phil Schumacher ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Juror (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Juror (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)
Tom Wilson ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

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:
1.85 : 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the scene where 'Edward G. Robinson''s character enters the office of DA Ralph Ford (Edward Platt) you can see the Maltese Falcon from John Houston's 1941 film on the barristers bookcase near the entrance door.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Victor Scott addresses the jury he refers to the 45 revolver used to kill Gloria Benson in the opening scene. The gun in fact is a semi-automatic pistol, not a revolver.See more »
Quotes:
Allen Parker:Then it's all settled? They won't prosecute me?
Victor Scott:No.
Allen Parker:You're not going to keep all of my $10,000?
Victor Scott:Your $10,000? You stole it; I earned it!
Allen Parker:But that's all I got. You wouldn't take everything I have, would you?
Victor Scott:You can get out of town and keep going before you lose more than money.
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Movie Connections:
References Miracle in the Rain (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
Too Marvelous for WordsSee more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
"I Don't Blame People; I Bury Them!", 16 February 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This movie may not look like a film noir, but there are some great film noir-type lines here, like the one I used in the subject head. I heard at least a dozen that I almost laughed out loud at because they were so good and/or clever. This is a not a "B" film with its dialog and terrific cast.

I agree it's not one that is terribly exciting, either, but it has more than its share of good points. One good starting point is the star: Edward G. Robinson. It's tough to knock a film with him in the lead. It's a little talky but there are some dramatic, surprising moments, too, with Robinson's "Victor Scott," doing some things you have to see to believe.

Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe and Albert Dekker are all good in key roles, but I found it more interesting at times to see familiar faces in the supporting characters. Actors such as Ellen Corby ("Miss Hinkel"), DeForest Kelley ("Edward Clary"), Edward Platt ("Ralph Ford"), Jayne Mansfield ("Angel O'Hara"), Henry Kulky ("Taylor), Jan Merlin ("Andrew Garth") and a few others, were all fascinating. I liked Corby, in particular. You may not know all their names, but you know their faces. Kelley starred for years on "Star Trek" and Platt was the boss in "Get Smart." In Mansfield's case, you know more than just her face!

This is the first half of a film noir twin-bill recently offered on DVD. The other film is "The Big Steal," so you get two pretty good movies for the price of one.

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