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August 1956 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Frankie Laine ... Gino Lupo
Lucy Marlow ... Rosemary 'Rosie' Lebeau
Anthony Dexter ... Dominic Rodríguez

Richard Long ... Jimmy Murphy (as Dick Long)

Alan Reed ... Big Dan Hennessy

Jesse White ... Max Lassiter
Florenz Ames ... George Eagle
Henry Slate ... Ziggy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Benedict ... Big Dan's Hood (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Al Fusary (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... Pop - Stage Doorman (uncredited)

John L. Cason ... Big Dan's Hood (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dana Dillaway ... Child (uncredited)
Paul Dubov ... Billy Boy Barnes (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Dave Hoffman (uncredited)
Charles Herbert ... Child (uncredited)
Don Marlowe ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... Speakeasy Guard (uncredited)
Charles Martin ... Bobby the Newsboy (uncredited)
Mara McAfee ... Nurse Rafferty (uncredited)
Robin Morse ... Two-Gun Tommy (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Robert Paquin ... Nightclub Doorman (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Eagle's Secretary (uncredited)

Jon Provost ... Child (uncredited)
Jack Regas ... Auditioning Latin Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Street ... Auditioning Latin Dancer (uncredited)
David Tomack ... Big Dan's Hood (uncredited)
John Truax ... Big Dan's Hood (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Harry - Lassiter's Driver-Hood (uncredited)
Bobby Watson ... Nightclub Choreographer (uncredited)
John Zaremba ... Big Dan's Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Blake Edwards  screenplay
Blake Edwards  story
Richard Quine  story

Produced by
Jonie Taps .... producer
Original Music by
Arthur Morton 
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich 
Film Editing by
Jack Ogilvie 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abby Singer .... assistant director (as Abner E. Singer)
Music Department
Fred Karger .... music supervisor
Arthur Morton .... conductor
Other crew
Miriam Nelson .... choreographer

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Germany:74 min | USA:77 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Continuity: In the conversation between Max and Rosemary where she is on the couch, Gino's position behind the couch changes between long and close shots.See more »
Dominic Rodríguez:I'm glad you like Spanish food.
Rosemary 'Rosie' Lebeau:Mmm. I love it. Except til about 12:30. Kinda makes you feel as if someone's trying to bust out with a blowtorch. It's worth it though, isn't it?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Defined partly by what it's not, 18 March 2006
Author: HallmarkMovieBuff from United States

Considering the temporal context, this movie starts out like a film noir, but it's not -- it's in beautiful Technicolor, worthy of a musical of that era. But it's not that, either. Crooner Frankie Laine singing a couple of songs -- "Danny Boy" sung twice, plus another song fragment introducing the opening nightclub scene -- does not a musical make.

If you know Frankie Laine only by his top 40 hits, from "That's My Desire" in 1947 to "You Gave Me a Mountain" in 1969, you may be surprised to find that he was also a competent actor. His nuanced facial expressions in the scene with his character's newspaper buddy which leads into the flashback which consumes most of the movie pleasantly surprised at least this viewer.

This was Blake Edwards' second movie as a director, and the Blake Edwards style is already in evidence. (I haven't seen his first, "Bring Your Smile Along," also with Laine, so I can't comment on it.) What's the Blake Edwards style? It's one of those things that's undefinable (at least by me), but if you're familiar with his body of work, it's recognizable.

As for the movie itself, it's a pleasant pastime, especially in Technicolor; and the interplay between the engaging leads, Richard Long as a cop and Lucy Marlow as his fiancée, a chanteuse turned mob boss, makes for some mildly intriguing comedic conflict.

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