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Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)

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 ... See full summary »

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 »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Achtung! Atomspione! 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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Connections

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

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Despite the use of a terrible cliche, it's a very good film
1 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Agents O'Hara (Dennis O'Keefe) and Grayson (Louis Hayward) are investigating how nuclear secrets could have gotten out of the country and into the hands of evil Commies. Being that they ARE evil, the enemy will stop at nothing...including beating and shooting women...in order to destroy freedom and America. Are the pair smart enough and tough enough to win?

What I liked most about this film noir picture is that it is unflinching and brutal for 1948. It's a very tough picture and really delivers for lovers of the genre. My only complaint is the use of a terrible cliche near the end of the picture. Agent O'Hara figures finally out who is passing on the secrets to the Russians but instead of telling everyone immediately over the phone, he tells them he'll meet them and tell them. You just KNOW that means that the enemy will then try to kill him before he has a chance to tell...an obvious plot device to say the least. Still, apart from that it's NOT cliched and well written.


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