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Crime Against Joe (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 21 March 1956 (USA)
A disreputable Korean War veteran is suspected of murder.

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Joe Manning
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Frances 'Slacks' Bennett
Henry Calvin ...
Red Waller
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Christine 'Christy' Rowen (as Patricia Blake)
Joel Ashley ...
Philip Rowen
Robert Keys ...
Detective Sgt. Hollander (as Robert Keyes)
Alika Louis ...
Irene Crescent
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Harry Dorn - Bartender
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Nora Manning
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George Niles
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Dr. Louis Tatreau - Psychiatrist
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Gloria Wayne
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Luther Woods
James Parnell ...
Ralph Corey
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Storyline

Joe Manning returned from the Korean War a changed man and became a Bohemian artist, supported by his understanding mother and distrusted by others. On a drunken binge, Joe flirts with torch singer Irene Crescent, who is later found dead by the hand of the town's serial killer...and Joe's the prime suspect. No one will help Joe except carhop 'Slacks'. Can they find the real killer before he finds them? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The body of what once was a beautiful singer is discovered... another girl is found screaming with hysteria... and suddenly... you are suspect no. 1!"'"; "'We've seen him again... staring at the girls!'"; "'String him up... he's no better than a wild animal!' See more »


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21 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Epiasan ton Fantoma  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in five days even though the original schedule called for seven. See more »

Goofs

Joe is shown arriving at and leaving Pango Pango club in broad daylight, but the scenes preceding and following this sequence, together forming his drinking binge, take place in the middle of the night. The scene after leaving Pango Pango is revealed to take place at 2am, and it is later said he arrived at Pango Pango at midnight! See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Joe is painting a picture of a woman in a negligee; he becomes frustrated, and paints a red slash over the painting]
Nora Manning: [his mother, Nora, enters.] Well, it's different...but is it art?
Joe Manning: Art? It's not even fit to hang in a barroom.
Nora Manning: I wish I looked as good...and I did, once.
[looking at the painting more closely.]
Nora Manning: What's wrong with it?
Joe Manning: I don't know, Nora. I don't know! I can see it in my head, but it doesn't come out on the canvas. I want her to have warmth, and humor, and wisdom...and ...
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Soundtracks

Looking for a Man
by Paul Dunlap
Sung by Alika Louis (uncredited)
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Could also be called "The Shame of Sleepwalking"...
21 July 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Amiable and entertaining crime story involving a genial, unemployed painter--still living with Mom, whom he calls by her first name--wrongly accused of attacking girls at night. He's temporarily released from police custody after a smitten car-hop comes to his defense, but her alibi doesn't hold up (she lied because she loves him!); the two amateur sleuths then decide to solve this mystery on their own. From Bel-Air Productions, distributed by United Artists, and strictly a second-biller. Still, if the production was minuscule it doesn't always show: there's some good location shooting and photography, particularly near the climax at the high school's indoor swimming pool. In the lead, John Bromfield keeps a cool head and has a nice, unselfconscious manly swagger that is amusing and natural. Playing his secret sweetheart, Julie London is a bit too mature and refined to be convincing as a drive-in waitress, yet her stoic demeanor also proves to be enjoyable (no girly business with this lady). The denouement is effective and caught me by surprise, and a weird sub-plot about a society girl under the thumb of her wicked, possessive father is a hoot. Not bad! ***1/2 from ****


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