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Decoy (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 September 1946 (USA)
A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash.

Director:

Jack Bernhard

Writers:

Nedrick Young (screenplay) (as Ned Young), Stanley Rubin (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Gillie ... Margot Shelby (as Miss Jean Gillie)
Edward Norris ... Jim Vincent
Robert Armstrong ... Frankie Olins
Herbert Rudley ... Dr. Lloyd L. Craig
Sheldon Leonard ... Police Sgt. Joe Portugal
Marjorie Woodworth ... Craig's Nurse
Philip Van Zandt ... Tommy (as Phil Van Zandt)
Carole Donne Carole Donne ... Waitress
John Shay John Shay ... Al
Bert Roach ... Mack - Bartender
Rosemary Bertrand Rosemary Bertrand ... Ruth
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Storyline

Gangster Frank Olins is to die in the gas chamber much to the dismay of his girlfriend Margot Shelby as he is carrying the secret of the location of $400,000 with him. Margot seduces gangster Jim Vincent to get him to engineer the removal of Olins' body from the prison immediately after he dies in the gas chamber. She takes prison doctor Craig away from his nurse/girl friend and gets him to administer an antidote for cyanide gas poisoning. During the removal of Olins' body, the hearse driver is killed by Tommy. The revived Olins gives Margot half of a map showing the money location and Vincent, in a fit of jealousy, kills Olins and takes the other half. Because the doctor's plates on his car will get them through the police roadblocks, Vincent and Margot take him with them on the money hunt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She Treats Men the Way They've Been Treating Women for Years!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Dillinger See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As the camera dollies up on Sgt. Portugal as he reads the note taken from the money box, you can clearly she the shadow of the boom microphone go across his face. See more »

Quotes

Frank Olins: Nothing comes out of that money, until I take it out myself. Vince will pay for the Doctor.
Jim Vincent: I into you for 60 G's already.
Frank Olins: 60 thousand? For what?
Margot Shelby: Do want an itemized account of what is cost to save your life?
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Murderous Exotic Diamond Begs Unearthing
20 April 2004 | by secragtSee all my reviews

A stingingly bizarre noir entry every fan should seek out. Why? First, this ultra-rare crime drama has one of the two or three most ruthless and irredeemable femme fatales in B+W history, Margot Shelby, as blisteringly portrayed by standout brit Jean Gillie. Second, it features one of the strangest hybrid sci-fi/noir premises, introducing an exotic chemical to reincarnate the dead as the conceit to get Margot's man-slaughtering act started. Third, it all actually comes together in this strangely involving prison breakout cum road picture, which takes us all the way from the death chamber to a grove of trees in the woods (another death chamber) and back to where it all began, in a family's quiet suburban house (still another death chamber).

Once you get past the reincarnation, the plot is fairly conventional set pieces which mostly hold up and which benefit from a honey of a twist at the end. Along the way there, we get to see greed, betrayal, spinelessness, insanity, bravery, more betrayal, submission, redemption and more Jean Gillie, whose gin blossom charm and hyena-like guffaw at once blends Richard Widmark's killing debut in KISS OF DEATH with the murderous cackle of SPECTRE in the mirrored killmaze in MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. Either way, she is death and she is irresistible. As is this movie. Find it and you'll see.


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