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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Steve Randall
... Mrs. Anne Randall
... Walt Radak
... Pete Lavitch - Private Eye
... Reynolds
... Det. Lt. Louie Ferrari (as Jason Robards)
Freddie Steele ... Shorty Abbott
Lee Frederick ... Joe Daly
... Uncle Jan
... Aunt Klara (as Ilka Gruning)
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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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The first assignment that director Anthony Mann felt he could call his own creation after doing several "B" pictures for RKO. 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 »

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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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Pursue and Death Wish
25 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

The trucker Steve Randall (Steve Brodie) is an ex-GI that has fought in the war and has been married with Anne Randall (Audrey Long) for four months. Steve has a trunking business, but he arrives home with the intention of celebrating his wedding anniversary with Anne. He receives a phone call from a client that offers a small fortune to him to transport some goods that night and he does not have how to refuse.

When he arrives at the spot, he finds that he was lured by the mobster Walt Radak (Raymond Burr) that wants to use Steve's truck to transport stolen furs. Steve does not accept the deal but is forced by Walt's gangsters to drive his truck. When he sees a police officer on the street, he blinks the headlights to call his attention. There is a shooting and the police officer is murdered and Walt's young brother Al is left behind and arrested by the police.

Walt tries to force Steve to assume the murder to save his brother but Steve flees from the gangsters and travels with Anne, who is pregnant, to the countryside, pursued by Walt and his gangsters and by the police. When Steve finds a safe place for Anne in the farm of her Aunt Klara (Ilka Gruning) and Uncle Jan (Paul E. Burns), he goes to the police department and tells his story to Det. Lt. Louie Ferrari (Jason Robards) that does not believe in his words but let him go. Steve returns to the farm without knowing that Ferrari released him to be a bait to catch Walt and his men.

"Desperate" is a film-noir by Anthony Mann with a good story of pursue and death wish, with sordid characters, like for example the mobster, the car dealer, the detective lieutenant among others and good duel between Steve Brodie and Raymond Burr. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Desesperado" ("Desperate")


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