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Below the Deadline (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 August 1946 (USA)
A veteran, Joe Hilton (Warren Douglas), returns from the war to find that his brother Jeffrey Hilton (George Meeker), a gangster, has been killed. His quest for revenge leads him to take ... See full summary »


William Beaudine


Forrest Judd (screenplay), Harvey Gates (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Douglas ... Joe Hilton
Ramsay Ames ... Lynn Turner
Jan Wiley ... Vivian Saunders
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Arthur Brennan
Philip Van Zandt ... Oney Kessel
John Harmon ... Pinky
Bruce Edwards ... Samuel P. Austin
George Meeker ... Jeffrey Hilton
Clancy Cooper ... Nichols
Cay Forester ... Blonde (as Cay Forrester)
Al Bridge ... Turner (as Alan Bridges)
George Eldredge ... James S. Vail
William Ruhl William Ruhl ... Welsh
Vera Pavlovska Vera Pavlovska ... Russian Singer
Charles Sullivan Charles Sullivan ... Charlie - Kessel Henchman


A veteran, Joe Hilton (Warren Douglas), returns from the war to find that his brother Jeffrey Hilton (George Meeker), a gangster, has been killed. His quest for revenge leads him to take over his brother's illegal operations but his sweetheart, Lynn Turner (Ramsay Ames), persuades him to change his ways and return to the straight and narrow. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

3 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jumping Joe See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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B-Movie Director William Beaudine in Fine Form with Borderline Film-Noir
20 January 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

The More You Watch the Films of B-Movie Director William "One Shot" Beaudine the More You Appreciate the Man's Efficient Style and Flare. In this Monogram Quickie with Film-Noir Overtones there can be Found Noir Lighting Pattern Flourishes and Hard-Knuckle Fisticuffs.

Also, the Nightclub Scenes are Effective and Somewhat Sleazy, as is the Gaming Racket and Gang Rivalry that Keeps the Thing on the Edge. It is a Bit too Conventional in its Rap Up to be Pure Noir, it Nevertheless Engages Throughout its 65 Minute Running Time with Nods to Income Tax and Politics.

The Look is B-Movie Great and the Cynical Protagonist Returning from the War Where He was a Pilot Gives Free-Rein for the Script Writer to Banter with Wartime-Jargon that is a Hoot. For Example a Bar is Referred to as a "Fuel Dump" and Leaving a Lover is Called "Bailing Out".

Beyond Competent the Movie Rises to Must See Status for Fans of Film-Noir, B-Movies, WWII Aficionados, as Well as Those Looking for Some Mid-Forties Thrills on the Cheap.

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