7.0/10
885
24 user 23 critic

Ruthless (1948)

Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Dayton Stoddart (novel), S.K. Lauren (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A poor but beautiful woman sets her sights on rising to the top, and lets nothing stand in her way - including murder.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Arlene Dahl, Philip Carey, Herbert Marshall
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man who is down on his luck falls in with a criminal.

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An FBI agent investigates the murder of his partner by taking over the 3 cases he was working on, determined to find his killer.

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer
Union Station (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police helps them in their search for a ruthless gang who have kidnapped a blind heiress.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, Barry Fitzgerald
Abandoned (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Newspaperman helps girl find her sister's illegitimate baby, gets mixed up in baby-adoption racket.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Gale Storm, Jeff Chandler
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A bored automobile industry tycoon assumes a false identity, buys a half interest in a gas station, and plays matchmaker for his daughter.

Director: Frederick De Cordova
Stars: Dane Clark, Martha Vickers, Sydney Greenstreet
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: George Sanders, Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Scott ... Horace Woodruff Vendig
Louis Hayward ... Vic Lambdin
Diana Lynn ... Martha Burnside / Mallory Flagg
Sydney Greenstreet ... Buck Mansfield
Lucille Bremer ... Christa Mansfield
Martha Vickers ... Susan Duane
Dennis Hoey ... Mr. Burnside
Edith Barrett ... Mrs. Burnside
Raymond Burr ... Pete Vendig
Joyce Arling Joyce Arling ... Kate Vendig
Charles Evans ... Bruce McDonald
Robert J. Anderson ... Horace Vendig as Child (as Bob Anderson)
Arthur Stone Arthur Stone ... Vic Lambdin as Child
Ann Carter ... Martha Burnside as Child
Edna Holland ... Libby Sims
Edit

Storyline

Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by richer neighbours he started to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Lovely! (Diana Lynn) Reckless! (Lucille Bremer) Loyal! (Louis Hayward) Power-Mad! (Zachary Scott) Vicious! (Sydney Greenstreet) Innocent! (Martha Vickers) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Prelude to Night See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Buck Mansfield quotes twice from the Bible. The first occasion is when he is being 'pursued by his creditors' and he reads from Proverbs 31:10 -12 and 21 (...Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies....). The second instance is when he speaks to the bartender at Vendig's function and the quote is from Obadiah 1: 2-4 (...Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down ...). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Burnside: [to unhappy young Horace] Be brave. Be a man.
Horace Vendig as Child: I don't want to be a man. Never! I wish there weren't any men in the whole world.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A+ Drama. What a treat, if you can find it.
30 November 2000 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Excellent drama about a poor boy who is adopted by a rich family after saving their daughter from drowning. Given all the benefits of wealth and society, he uses the people who care about him and give him his breaks, especially the women he meets. Zachery Scott is chilling in his mentally perverse portrayal of a tycoon that is more in league with Norman Bates than William Randall Hurst. Diana Lynn (the Sandra Bullock of her day) is wonderful as the woman he had saved as a girl and who's heart he would break in his rise to success. There is a twist in the plot mid-way that will be a treat to Lynn fans, though I would have liked to seen more of her in the second half. The entire cast is compelling and the soundtrack is appropriately eerie. Very rare to find this on VHS or TV, so if you find it anywhere, get it, rent it, buy it, tape it, watch it.


29 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed