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Abandoned (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 22 December 1949 (Mexico)
Newspaperman helps girl find her sister's illegitimate baby, gets mixed up in baby-adoption racket.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joe Newman)

Writers:

Irwin Gielgud (story by), Irwin Gielgud (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Mark Sitko
Gale Storm ... Paula Considine
Jeff Chandler ... Chief McRae
Meg Randall ... Dottie Jensen
Raymond Burr ... Kerric
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Donner
Jeanette Nolan ... Major Ross
Mike Mazurki ... Hoppe
Will Kuluva ... Little Guy Decola
David Clarke ... Harry
William Frambes William Frambes ... Scoop (as William Page)
Sid Tomack ... Mr. Humes
Perc Launders Perc Launders ... Dowd
Steve Darrell ... Brenn
Clifton Young ... Eddie
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Storyline

An expose of the baby-profiteering racket as told through the story of an unwed mother whose family and friends start an investigation as to the whereabouts of her baby. This leads to and through an organized gang led by a society matron. The girl is found dead, and while it looks like a suicide, the girl's sister and a newspaper reporter think it is murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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NO NAME FOR HER BABY...only a PRICE! (original posters and print ads-mostly caps)


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Trivia

The main title theme for this movie is the famous Miklos Rosza score from The Killers (1946) released 3 years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Kerric: [to Mrs. Donner] I was just thinking how nice life used to be when I stuck to blackmail and petty larceny.
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Connections

Referenced in Love Is a Roller Coaster: Woman on the Run Revisited (2016) See more »

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Passable Black Market Baby Crime Drama
15 April 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Okay, Dennis Okeefe and Gale Storm deliver competent performances and Marjorie Rambeau is effective as the matronly but menacing madam baby broker, but this movie is surely most memorable as the sole instance in which a young Raymond Burr (merely stout here, but still not thin) gets the s$#@ kicked out of him, which alone makes it worth the price of admission. Painfully corny narrative framing sequence at the beginning and the end (where there is a big unintentional laugh), but by and large a straightforward and enjoyable minor noir. At times a bit preachy perhaps and hardly a masterpiece but worth a look when it pops up on TCM late night.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1949 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Abandoned Woman See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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