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Bodyguard (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 September 1948 (USA)
After being fired for insubordination, homicide detective Mike Carter is hired as bodyguard by the owner of a local meat-packing plant where a meat inspector has been murdered.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay), Harry Essex (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Tierney ... Mike Carter
Priscilla Lane ... Doris Brewster
Phillip Reed ... Freddie Dysen
June Clayworth ... Connie Fenton
Elisabeth Risdon ... Gene Dysen
Steve Brodie ... Fenton
Frank Fenton ... Lt. Borden
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Capt. Wayne
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Storyline

Homicide detective Mike Carter is tossed off the police force for insubordination and violating regulations. He reluctantly takes a job as bodyguard to Mrs. Gene Dysen, the owner of a local meat-packing plant. In investigating threats against her life, Carter begins unraveling the murder of a meat inspector at the plant, but not before he himself is framed for the murder of his former supervisor on the police force. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A Real "Who-done-it" Thriller


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime na Estrada See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First screenwriting credit for Robert Altman. See more »

Goofs

When Carter drives up to Dysen's house, the handbrake can be heard long before the car actually stops. See more »

Quotes

Mike Carter: I keep the meat warm.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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A Nice, Hard-Hitting Slice of 1940's Crime/Drama
18 June 2013 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

They sure don't make 'em like "Bodyguard" anymore. No. They sure don't.

This tough-as-nails, 1948, Crime/Thriller certainly packed a lot of story into its 62 minute running time.

Containing some really priceless "tough-guy" dialog, "Bodyguard" has no-nonsense actor Lawrence Tierney playing Mike Carter, a real macho-man, L.A. police detective (with a hair-trigger temper) from the Homicide Squad.

When Mike gets bounced off the force for brawling with his superior officer, who is later found dead, he becomes Suspect #1.

Scrambling to clear his name, Carter soon finds himself up against a whole big mess of police corruption.

"Bodyguard", filmed in b&w, is a solid, fast-paced, little B-movie with striking direction from Richard Fleischer.

Nope. They sure don't make 'em like this anymore.


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