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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.

Director:

Otto Brower

Writers:

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

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 Stanley Prager ... Ruzinsky - Milkman
Charles Tannen ... Ames - Reporter
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Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Audácia de Criminoso See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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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Goofs

If the corpse when moved from the gurney to the closet was in a state of rigor mortis, it wouldn't have been pliable at all (the arm moved, for one thing). See more »

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Johnny Williams: Gosh. I hope I don't pull any boners.
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A nice little hidden gem...
25 February 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful mystery film with a film noir-like edge. Oddly, the film has mostly been forgotten today and it's slipped into the public domain--which often means that a film is terrible--which this film certainly is NOT! The film begins with a wild setup--a car with a dead body in it rolls to a stop right in front of the police station! Inside the car is a shady detective--but who killed him and why? The film did a great job of keeping you guessing--as it's NOT readily apparent who did it. Into the mix are some nice plot elements--such as the introduction of an inexperienced news reporter into the tale as well as the prime suspect being the daughter of a man who is running for election in only days! As for the acting, that and the script are what I really liked. Despite being mostly unknown and supporting actors, the film was dandy entertainment. In particular, I liked William Gargan as the investigating lieutenant--he was very believable and far from flashy--but this made his role so wonderful. A big-name star might have tried too hard to dominate the scenes or take too commanding a presence--instead, he just seemed like a smart and decent "everyman". Also, while his role was very small, I was happy to see a young John Ireland--before he rose to fame in the world of Noir.

Overall, for mystery and film noir fans, this is a great little film. It's intelligently written and doesn't assume the audience is stupid! Great job.


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