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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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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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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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District Attorney Roy Kasden
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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 WORST ACT A MAN CAN COMMIT! (original print ad - all caps) 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 »

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[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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Looking for a Man
by Paul Dunlap
Sung by Alika Louis (uncredited)
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Odd, Off-beat Tale, Passable Film-Noir
18 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is a strange offbeat little movie. At times it is dumb and clichéd 1950's police drama and at times it is philosophical and quite interesting.

In the second scene of the movie, we have Joyce Jameson running at full speed screaming that she's been attacked. It is quite jilting. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie never matches the energy of this scene.

The standout in the cast is Julie London. She is best known as a successful 1960's singer of sultry ballads, but she did do a number of acting gigs. Here she plays a car hop named "Slacks." She is in love with the lead character "Joe." However Joe shows only a passing interest in her, as she has dated his good friend "Red." Julie manages to make the character extremely sweet, nice and strong. She is the opposite of a Femme Fatale, a real Penelope standing by her man.

Rebecca Blair (from the television series "Daniel Boone")is the only other person in the cast I knew. She literally "sleepwalks" though her part, although she does have one good scene at the end as a troubled teenager confronting her overprotective "Dad." While the sum does not add up to much, some individual scenes are clever enough to make this "Wrong Man" genre piece worth watching. It was apparently filmed in five days, so don't go in expecting great production values. For those who like early Roger Corman movies, you'll probably enjoy the similar style.


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