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Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 September 1948 (USA)
During the Cold War, at a California atomic research plant, an FBI agent and a Scotland Yard inspector join forces to eliminate a foreign nuclear spy ring operating in the USA and the UK.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

George Bruce (screenplay), Bertram Millhauser (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Louis Hayward ... Philip 'Scotty' Grayson
Dennis O'Keefe ... Daniel F. O'Hara
Louise Allbritton ... Dr. Toni Neva
Carl Esmond ... Dr. Ritter von Stolb
Onslow Stevens ... Igor Braun
Raymond Burr ... Krebs
Art Baker ... Dr. Frederick Townsend
Lowell Gilmore ... Dr. William Forrest
Philip Van Zandt ... Anton Radchek
Charles Evans ... Dr. Homer Allen
Frank Ferguson ... Carl Bemish
Reed Hadley ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation. To investigate the case more efficiently, Dan O'Hara, an FBI agent, and Philip Grayson, a Scotland Yard sleuth, join forces. Will they manage to stop the spy ring from achieving their aim? Written by Guy Bellinger

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MURDER OF AN FBI MAN! SMASH UP OF A SPY RING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

FBI Meets Scotland Yard See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remade as David Harding, Counterspy (1950) See more »

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Neat espionage yarn done in documentary style...
12 March 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

WALK A CROOKED MILE is the sort of brisk, documentary style espionage yarn so often made during the '40s, using narration to tell the story of two espionage agents (DENNIS O'KEEFE and LOUIS HAYWARD) assigned to track down whomever is responsible for leaking top secret information developed at a nuclear plant in California.

Most of the action takes place in San Francisco, where O'Keefe and Hayward discover that an artist (ONSLOW STEVENS) is putting coded information beneath his paintings when he receives it from a spy working for the government agency. The story traces how the spy ring operates and it is these details that give the film added interest before the spies are caught. All of the methods must seem dated by today's standards of F.B.I. work, but the manner of presentation is gripping and the clever cat-and-mouse game that is played between the agents and the spies is credible and fascinating.

It's smoothly directed by Gordon Douglas at a fast clip. RAYMOND BURR has his usual "bad guy" role as one of he spies, and LOUISE ALLBRITTON, CARL ESMOND, ART BAKER and CHARLES EVANS all make interesting suspects in the mystery behind the identity of the key traitor.

Well worth viewing.


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