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Desperate (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 20 June 1947 (USA)
A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Harry Essex (screenplay), Martin Rackin (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Brodie ... Steve Randall
Audrey Long ... Anne Randall
Raymond Burr ... Walt Radak
Douglas Fowley ... Pete Lavitch
William Challee ... Reynolds
Jason Robards Sr. ... Det. Lt. Louie Ferrari (as Jason Robards)
Freddie Steele Freddie Steele ... Shorty Abbott
Lee Frederick Lee Frederick ... Joe Daly
Paul E. Burns ... Uncle Jan
Ilka Grüning ... Aunt Klara (as Ilka Gruning)
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Storyline

When mobster Walt Radak tries to trick independent trucker Steve Randall into transporting stolen furs, Steve alerts the police, and Walt's young brother Al is caught and held for a cop-killing. When ruthless Radak tries to extort Steve's help in clearing Al, Steve and his young wife flee for their lives, only to find that the police are also in pursuit. With every man's hand against them, Steve and Anne must repeatedly abandon their temporary refuges. Finally, one midnight, the showdown... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Desperate was their nightmare of FEAR! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $90 Steve pays for the old car would equate to $1,060 in 2018. See more »

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When Anne is on the train, she reads a newspaper about the warehouse holdup. The first paragraph below the headline is about the robbery, but the rest of the column is about something else entirely. See more »

Quotes

Walt Radak: [to Steve about the police] I don't care what you tell them, but if Al doesn't walk out of that police station by midnight, your wife ain't gonna be so good to look at!
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Classic B Film
19 March 2005 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This Black and White film from the late 40's had a great deal of class and great acting. Steve Brodie,(Steve Randall),"Frankenstein Island",'81, played a guy who had all the bad breaks and never seemed to be able to settle down with the gal or off spring and have a nice home in a small country town. Audrey Lang,(Anne Randall),"Born to Kill",'47, was the wife of Steve Randall who did her best to help him make the right decisions and even got him to marry her. Steve and Ann Randall kept running away from a terrible threat made by Raymond Burr,(Walt Radak),"San Quentin",'46, who was seeking revenge for the loss of a close family member. Jason Robards Sr., (Detective Lt., Louie Ferrari),"Impact",'49, played the detective who was very interested in Steve Randall and hounded him where ever he traveled. There are some very tense scenes in which Walt Radak uses a clock to drive Steve Randall to a complete breaking point in his life. Great classic B film with a very young looking Raymond Burr and Jason Robards Sr. giving a great supporting role.


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