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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This private sleuth has two mysteries to solve at once...Twice the thrills and double the excitement!!! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Broadway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - August 22, 1946)


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okay "whodunnit"...with some hollywood medium shots
22 February 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

The version i watched on "Moonlight Movies" channel was a TERRIBLE editing job... all chopped to hell. Directed by Otto Brower, who only directed one more after this, and that one was uncredited! A private eye is murdered, and dumped on the steps of the police station. and of course, the mayor's daughter (or something) is involved. Carole Landis is "Janet", who admits to being at the scene, but says she didn't kill him. William Gargan is the police lieutenant, as usual. All kinds of shenanigans, and corruption, since there is an upcoming election. Both sides are trying to influence the election results by altering the facts, and they keep saying it's bad news for "the administration"... without naming anyone specific. It's very okay. a 64 minute short from 20th Century Fox. John Ireland is in here as "Oppenheimer"... this was almost the first role he had in hollywood. he went on to be a real bigshot. Mabel Paige (Flossie the Flowergirl) has a part.. she was in silents from 1912 -- 1918, disappeared for twenty years, then came back and acted in talkies for another 15 years ! That story would be more interesting than this film. (and what are the green lights in the title ?? this is a black and white film)

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Release Date:

15 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Precinct 33 See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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