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Money Madness (1948)

Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Mystery | 15 April 1948 (USA)
A murderous bank robber on the run from the law hides out in a small town, where he gets a job as a cab driver. He meets a young girl who is caring for her ill but wealthy aunt. He courts ... See full summary »

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Sam Newfield (as Peter Stewart)

Writer:

Al Martin (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh Beaumont ... Steve Clark
Frances Rafferty ... Julie Saunders
Harlan Warde ... Donald Harper
Cecil Weston Cecil Weston ... Cora
Ida Moore ... Mrs. Ferguson
Danny Morton Danny Morton ... Jack Rogers
Joel Friedkin Joel Friedkin ... Dr. Wagner
Lane Chandler ... Policeman
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A murderous bank robber on the run from the law hides out in a small town, where he gets a job as a cab driver. He meets a young girl who is caring for her ill but wealthy aunt. He courts her and they eventually marry. She soon discovers exactly who he is, and finds herself enmeshed in a scheme involving murder and loot from a bank robbery. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Marked as a killer!

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Film-Noir | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Easy Way See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Steve Clark: Listen, Julie. Get this straight. What I have I keep. That goes for the money, and it goes for you.
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Worth seeing just so you can see Hugh Beaumont playing a sick, twisted murderer.
3 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While this film has a few minor issues, it's a generally well made film noir picture and provides a wonderful opportunity to see Hugh Beaumont (the father on "Leave it to Beaver") playing a cold-blooded monster!

When the film begins, Steve Clark (Beaumont) blows into a new town and gets a job as a cab driver. In one of his first fares, he has an annoying drunk sexual harasser who is out on a date with a nice girl who is refusing his advances. Julie (Frances Rafferty) is thrilled with the cab driver intervenes and he looks like a really nice guy. And, through much of the film Steve appears to be a real sweetheart. However, underneath this veneer is a real sociopath and by the time the film's over, he's terrorized sweet Julie as well as killed a couple folks...and is about to kill more!!

The best thing about the film is Beaumont's performance. He is creepy and very convincing. Unfortunately, Rafferty is not very good and much of it could be the writing...as her character is too weak and a bit stupid. Plus, she believes that because she's married Steve that she cannot legally testify against him...which is NOT the case. She could not be COMPELLED to testify against him if she didn't want to...and there is also question as to whether or not they are actually married. Still, a very enjoyable film...one that I would strongly recommend to noir fans.


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