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Behind Green Lights (1946)

Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.


Otto Brower


Scott Darling (original screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling), Charles G. Booth (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Carole Landis ... Janet Bradley
William Gargan ... Lt. Sam Carson
Richard Crane ... Johnny Williams - Reporter
Mary Anderson ... Nora Bard
John Ireland ... Det. Oppenheimer
Charles Russell ... Arthur Templeton
Roy Roberts ... Max Calvert
Mabel Paige ... Flossie
Stanley Prager ... Ruzinsky - Milkman
Charles Tannen ... Ames - Reporter


Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.

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Max Calvert: We gotta get rid of the body. Get it outta here, fast tonight.
Dr. G.F. Yager - Medical Examiner: Before the inquest? I can't.
Max Calvert: You can and you're going to.
Dr. G.F. Yager - Medical Examiner: But Mr Calvert, you can't just pick up a body and drag it out of the morgue before the Chief Medical Examiner's had a whack at it.
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A solid little mystery
15 September 2011 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A dead body is dumped outside a police station one night. This leads to a mystery involving a femme fatale and corruption.

This was an entertaining mystery in my book. While it was set almost totally in two locations - the police station and the flat where the murder took place - it has a fairly polished feel and holds the interest throughout. The mystery is involving enough and there are some moments of noirish atmosphere and style towards the end. There were some elements of humour introduced which, while not being strictly necessary, weren't too distracting either. Behind Green Lights isn't a poverty row effort, it was made by one of the big studios so that may account for it's relatively impressive overall presentation. It's hardly a film that breaks the mould but it's a fairly effective little mystery that is worth watching if you like these kinds of flicks.

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Release Date:

15 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Audácia de Criminoso See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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