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Railroaded! (1947)

A beautician and her crooked boyfriend attempt to rob the bookie operation located in the back room, but when the plan goes wrong, they frame an innocent man.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

John C. Higgins (screenplay), Gertrude Walker (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Ireland ... Duke Martin
Sheila Ryan ... Rosie Ryan
Hugh Beaumont ... Police Sgt. Mickey Ferguson
Jane Randolph ... Clara Calhoun
Ed Kelly Ed Kelly ... Steve Ryan
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Police Capt. MacTaggart
Clancy Cooper ... Detective Jim Chubb
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Marie Weston
Hermine Sterler ... Mrs. Ryan
Keefe Brasselle ... Cowie Kowalski
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Jackland Ainsworth
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Storyline

Sexy beautician Clara Calhoun, who has a bookie operation in her back room, connives with her boyfriend, mob collector Duke Martin, to stage a robbery of the day's take. But the caper turns violent; a cop and Duke's partner are shot; and Duke arranges for innocent Steve Ryan, owner of the car they stole, to be framed. At first homicide detective Mickey Ferguson thinks Steve is guilty, despite his attraction to Steve's sister Rosie. And the suave but ruthless Duke won't hesitate to keep it that way with more of his perfumed bullets... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Tormented BY AN UNKNOWN FEAR! Haunted BY AN UNKNOWN ENEMY! (original lobby card) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncertain Guilt See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled and edited down to less than 30 minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950s as part of a syndicated half-hour mystery show. See more »

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Reading from a book, Jackland Ainsworth quotes, "Some women should be struck regularly - like gongs", adding, "That's from Oscar Wilde, you know." In fact, it's a quotation from Noel Coward's play, "Private Lives". See more »

Quotes

Police Capt. MacTaggart: Who is this Mr. Martin?
Police Sgt. Mickey Ferguson: He's the kind they build jails for.
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References Quick Millions (1931) See more »

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I Guess I Expected Too Much
22 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Once I got into collecting film-noir movies, I had to have this one, so I paid big bucks for the VHS. I say that because it added to my disappointment. The film is okay, but if you have really high expectations before seeing this, you'll probably be let down, as I was. I liked this more on the second viewing when I knew what to expect.

In the beginning, it dwells too long on the innocent man-being arrested theme but after that part is over, it picks up, but then bogs down again. For people who grew up watching "Leave It To Beaver" on TV, this film offers Hugh Beaumont as a main character. Since I did, I always find it interesting to see Beaumont in different roles. I also enjoyed ogling a pretty brunette, "Rosie," played by Sheila Ryan. The climax to this story was good, and it was surprisingly realistic. There was some decent film-noir photography in spots, too. Overall, okay but not what it's cracked up to be.


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