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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Hilton
... Lynn Turner
... Vivian Saunders
Paul Maxey ... Arthur Brennan
... Oney Kessel
... Pinky
... Samuel P. Austin
... Jeffrey Hilton
... Nichols
... Blonde (as Cay Forrester)
... Turner (as Alan Bridges)
George Eldredge ... James S. Vail
William Ruhl ... Welsh
Vera Pavlovska ... Russian Singer
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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3 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Jumping Joe  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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I wasn't as crazy about it as some
18 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

...but there were some interesting elements to "Below the Deadline" from 1946.

This is an almost noir from Monogram directed by William "One Shot" Beaudine. The studios must have loved him.

This movie dealt the problems of a returning veteran, Joe Hilton (Warren Douglas). Certainly this has been explored in films such as "The Best Years of Our Lives," but I liked this take.

A gangster (Philip Van Zandt) dispatches two thugs to to threaten Jeff Hilton (George Meeker), using Jeff's attorney (Paul Maxey) in order to keep him from muscling in on certain rackets.

Jeff's girlfriend (Jan Wiley) convinces him to go out on his own and forget about the mobsters. We know what happens next, he's iced.

When his war hero brother Joe returns from service, seeing that his brother has been killed, he takes over his rackets. He wants revenge not only for his brother, but for these gangsters who made money on the black market while he was "eating out of cans covered with lice" and fighting for his country. Don't blame him.

He takes up with a woman (Ramsay Ames), who works in one of the clubs.

Short and not bad, and I wasn't familiar with the work of Ramsay Ames before this. She was a staggeringly beautiful woman -- and very modern looking -- someone else on this site mentioned that as well. She had a very "today" look. Apparently a lot of men fell off of catwalks at the studios trying to get a gander at her. She was multitalented - a former model and dancer-singer who had her own interview show in Spain. She was married to Man of La Mancha playwright Dale Wasserman.

Decent film, with some familiar faces who later worked a lot in TV, including Paul Maxey, Phillip Van Zandt, and the star, Warren Douglas, who became a writer and producer as well as an actor.

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