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Writers:
James Gunn (screen play) &
Gil Orlovitz (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
April 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
CAMERA...CURVES...AND NO CONSCIENCE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Sexy blonde dance club girl learns the photography trade and moves to New York in pursuit of a new career. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Cleo Moore ... Lily Krenshka / Lila Crane

Richard Crenna ... Russell Bassett
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Payton Grange
Raymond Greenleaf ... Max West, Photographer

Constance Towers ... Shirley Thomas (as Shirley Thomas)
James O'Rear ... Roy Carver
Donald Randolph ... Coco Fields
Dayton Lummis ... Horace Sutherland
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Albertson ... Les Bauer (uncredited)
Barbara Aler ... (uncredited)
Shirlee Allard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Bice ... Patrolman Outside Office Building (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Norma Brooks ... Doris (uncredited)
Chuck Cason ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Studio Thug (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Club Coco Customer Photoed by Lila (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... Policeman (uncredited)
David Constantine ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Jeanne Cooper ... Renee (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Jerry (uncredited)
Diane DeLaire ... Hysterical Woman (uncredited)
Robert Dulaine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Duray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Mrs. Grannigan (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Geraldine Hall ... Martha (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Mrs. Gulick (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... Operator (uncredited)
Lenore Kingston ... (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill McLean ... Freddy the Bellhop (uncredited)
Joan Miller ... Frank (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Steve the Bartender (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Mario, Matire D' at Club Coco (uncredited)
Paul Murray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Cop (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Matt - Beating Thug (uncredited)
Voltaire Perkins ... Judge Evans (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner ... Bit (uncredited)
Emil Sitka ... (uncredited)

Roger Smith ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Sergeant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lewis Seiler 
 
Writing credits
James Gunn (screen play) &
Gil Orlovitz (screen play)

Richard Sale (story) and
Mary Loos (story)

Produced by
Lewis J. Rachmil .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich 
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abby Singer .... assistant director (as Abner E. Singer)
 
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
80 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Factual errors: Lila appears on a New York City-based TV show aired by KXIV; in reality, all east coast TV/radio stations are prefaced by the letter W. Stations prefaced by letter K are in the west.See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Cleo Moore Climbs the Ladder of Success Wrong by Wrong, 2 November 2009
Author: HarlowMGM from United States

OVER-EXPOSED is hands down my all-time favorite "bad girl" film noir. Sexy blonde Cleo Moore stars as a buxom dancer who gets packed into the paddy wagon her first night on the job unaware she's working for a clip joint. When small-time photographer Raymond Greenleaf snaps a candid of Cleo and the other gals being hauled in, a furious Moore tries to buy the negative only to be told he'll give it to her if he accompanies her back to his home so he can develop the rest of the film roll. A wary, knowing Cleo feels she has no other option and does so only to find the old guy is sincere and gives her the picture.

The unlikely duo become friends and when Cleo learns photography is, in her words "a good racket for a dame", she has Greenleaf teach her all he can about it while Moore builds up his profits telling rich old broads who come in for portraits, their pictures have been blown up and entered into a photography exhibit which of course makes the old vain crones insist on purchasing the large colored edition of their picture.

Finally when Cleo has become an impressive photographer herself she packs up and heads for New York City while she tries to sell her wares (the pictures, you dirty minds). There she meets handsome newspaper reporter Richard Crenna, gracious society dame Isobel Elsom, leering boss Jack Albertson, jealous coworker Jeanne Cooper, and select mobsters.

This is one of the enjoyable little film noirs I've ever encountered, full of pithy lines ("you'd use your grandmother's bones to pry open a cash register" an effete nightclub manager snaps at our heroine) and an utterly wonderful, spirited performance by Cleo Moore, as a "bad girl" who might not be so bad after all. There were a lot of sexy blondes in movies back in the 1950's and I've always felt Cleo was not only one of the most attractive but one of the better actresses of the lot. It's sad her career didn't progress much above the B level but she really shines in this film. This movie enjoyed a revival in 2009 at UCLA's Film and Television Archive museum as part of a retrospective of overlooked film noirs, was released on DVD in 2010 by Sony and hopefully it will eventually find it's way to TCM.

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