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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

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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After being on the hunt for Steve for quite awhile, only then ex-private eye Lavitch asks Radak what Steve looks like, and Radak hands him the front page of the newspaper. See more »

Quotes

Walt Radak: [to Steve] In fifteen minutes they're going to throw the switch on Al, and you're going with him... both of you at the same time. It's not very much to do for my own brother, but it's something. It's all I can do now, I guess. Guess Al's already had his last dinner. You might as well have yours too.
Walt Radak: [to Reynolds] Get the meal ready.
Reynolds: [after looking through the refrigerator] Nothing here but milk and bread and some tired meat.
Walt Radak: [to Reynolds] Make some sandwiches.
Walt Radak: [to Steve] I'm sorry I can't give you a...
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Mann makes great B films.
2 September 1999 | by DM-19See all my reviews

This is a TOUGH film, incredibly stylised. This is the essence of the 40's film noir (just take a look at the scene where a beating takes place in a basement, lit by a single swinging overhead light, fantastic). Burr is great as the gangleader.


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