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For You I Die (1947)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 December 1947 (USA)
A young convict,Johnny Coulter, serving as a trustee and with only a year remaining on his sentence, is forced to participate in a prison break by one of the hardened criminals. They ... See full summary »

Director:

John Reinhardt

Writer:

Robert Presnell Sr. (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cathy Downs ... Hope Novak
Paul Langton ... Johnny Coulter
Mischa Auer ... Alec Shaw
Roman Bohnen ... Smitty
Jane Weeks Jane Weeks ... Georgie
Marian Kerby Marian Kerby ... Maggie Dillon
Mannela Callejo Mannela Callejo ... Louisa Shaw
Don C. Harvey ... Mathew 'Matt' Gruber (as Don Harvey)
Charles Waldron Jr. Charles Waldron Jr. ... Patrolman Jerry
Rory Mallinson ... Patrolman Mac
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A young convict,Johnny Coulter, serving as a trustee and with only a year remaining on his sentence, is forced to participate in a prison break by one of the hardened criminals. They separate after the break but circumstances bring them together again. Johnny and a waitress, Hope Novak, fall in love and, together, they help the law recapture the escapee and his henchmen. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Deadly...to expose! Dangerous...to oppose! Destructive...to defy! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuga Trágica See more »

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Production Co:

Arpi Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good low budget film from the 1940's
12 November 2015 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Its basically the old story of some prisoners on the run but manages to rise above what you would expect. The leads, little known Paul Langton and beautiful smoky-voiced Cathy Downs, are terrific together and deliver quality performances. All of the acting is generally good and as the film progresses you will get interested in the characters and what happens to them.

Much is said about the darkness of the film's available prints but it takes place mostly at night and to me the dark nature of the story is suitable for old faded dark film stock, but yes it does need a good restoration someday. The copy I bought was viewable and good enough.

Somehow this film, rather than the usual claustrophobic look of many studio-bound cheaply made films of the era, has managed to convert the closeness and night into an intimacy and immediateness that uses the "smallness" to its advantage. Very few small films are able to achieve this.

Taught and well-acted by an ensemble cast, "For You I Die" breaks out of the black and white cheapie mold and is far above being just another obscure second bill throwaway.


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