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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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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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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Saturday 12 May 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9); it soon became a popular local favorite as it first aired in Memphis Sunday 20 May 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Altoona Thursday 7 June 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Cleveland Saturday 15 September 1956 on KYW (Channel 3), in Columbus Saturday 22 September 1956 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in New York City Monday 24 September 1956 on WOR (Channel 9), in Philadelphia Saturday 29 September 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco Tuesday 16 October 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Boston Wednesday 14 November 1956 on WNAC (Channel 7), om New Haven Sunday 25 November 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8), and in Dayton Saturday 8 December 1956 on WLW-D (Channel 2). 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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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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BODYGUARD (Richard Fleischer, 1948) **1/2
8 April 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Up until a few weeks ago, I only knew cult 40s tough guy Lawrence Tierney from his role in Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS (1991); recently, however, I managed to watch his 2 vehicles released on DVD by Warners as part of their "Film Noir Collection Vol. 2", namely DILLINGER (1945) and BORN TO KILL (1947). This Richard Fleischer film, then, would be my third from Tierney's short period of glory.

Actually, the actor is the best thing about the whole movie - whose story, amazingly, was co-written by a very young Robert Altman! - as it's certainly a minor noir, albeit an enjoyable one; indeed, Tierney's cynical, no-nonsense attitude (reminiscent of Bogart, Mitchum and Robert Ryan) provides a good deal of amusement throughout. Still, the plot - a discredited cop uncovering corruption in a meat-packing company, when appointed to protect the elderly female proprietor - is nothing special and also kind of dreary; besides, the jovial personality of leading lady Priscilla Lane is as much unsuited to Tierney's hard-boiled façade as she is to the inherent bleakness of the genre!


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