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Murder Is My Beat (1955)

Approved  |   |  Film-Noir, Mystery  |  27 February 1955 (USA)
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A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

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Ray Patrick
Barbara Payton ...
Eden Lane
Robert Shayne ...
Police Captain Bert Rawley
Selena Royle ...
Beatrice Abbott
Roy Gordon ...
Abbott
Tracey Roberts ...
Patsy Flint (as Tracy Roberts)
Kate MacKenna ...
Miss Sparrow (as Kate McKenna)
Harry Harvey ...
Gas Station Attendant (as Henry W. Harvey Sr.)
Jay Adler ...
Bartender Louie
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A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

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Final film of Barbara Payton. See more »

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When Det. Patrick goes to the snowbound mountain cabin to get Eden, the exterior location shot shows a lot of snow on and around the door. In the next obvious studio shot, there is hardly any snow and the door itself and the cabin's siding is different. See more »

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Murder Is My Beat (1955)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

A detective chases down an accused murderess, but en route to prison he begins to have his doubts. Although another ultra-low-budget (including some of the shoddiest rear projection work I've ever seen) noir from Ulmer, early hopes that this might be another DETOUR were dashed. Like RUTHLESS, it's something of a disappointment. For the first half it seems to be going somewhere, but then it loses traction and meanders towards an unsatisfying conclusion. However, Ulmer pulls off a few terrific moments (especially those regarding trains), and I do think the first half is quite compelling. Paul Langton makes for a good leading man, with something of a Jean Gabin quality. More notably, this is the final appearance of the tragic Barbara Payton, whose work I've previously praised in TRAPPED and KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE. Her melancholy, passive performance here is pretty much the polar opposite of Ann Savage, but her vulnerability is an asset. I need to check out more of her films. The film definitely leaves something to be desired, but it has some charm and talent in it.


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