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Chicago Deadline (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 November 1949 (USA)
On Chicago's South Side reporter Ed Adams finds the body of a dead girl. Her address book leads to a host of names of men frightened by her death but claiming never to have known her. Adams comes to know quite a lot, dangerously so.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writers:

Warren Duff (screenplay), Tiffany Thayer (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Ed Adams
Donna Reed ... Rosita Jean d'Ur
June Havoc ... Leona Purdy
Irene Hervey ... Belle Dorset
Arthur Kennedy ... Tommy Ditman
Berry Kroeger ... Solly Wellman
Harold Vermilyea ... Jack Anstruder
Shepperd Strudwick ... Edgar 'Blacky' Franchot
Dave Willock ... Pig
Gavin Muir ... G.G. Temple
John Beal ... Paul Jean d'Ur
Tom Powers ... Glenn Howard
Howard Freeman ... Hotspur Shaner
Paul Lees Paul Lees ... Bat Bennett
Margaret Field Margaret Field ... Minerva
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On Chicago's South Side reporter Ed Adams finds the body of a dead girl. Her address book leads to a host of names of men frightened by her death but claiming never to have known her. Adams comes to know quite a lot, dangerously so.

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He's a fighting reporter making front page history!. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 24, 1950 with Alan Ladd reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Leona: What did you take as a sedative before you met me?
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Brooding quest for dead girl can't quite redeem its promise
26 September 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Reporter Alan Ladd stumbles across a strange woman, dead of tuberculosis in a seedy Southside hotel. Her address book, however, hints at a wild and well-connected past. (The girl, with the improbable moniker of Rosita Jean D'Ur, is played in flashback by the improbable Donna Reed.) Ladd's quest, as any noir quest should, takes him up and down the intricate layers of Chicago society, through some of which his tour guide is society dame June Havoc, who plays it with panache. This downfall of a good kid with some bad breaks begins to obsess Ladd, and Chicago Deadline (it's been remarked) could almost have been a grittier Laura set not in high society but on cusp where shabby respectability meets the demimonde. But the cunning Vera Caspary (who wrote the novel Laura) is alas nowhere in evidence, so Chicago Deadline becomes almost an object lesson in Edmund Wilson's dictum that the heavy atmospherics in detective fiction are rarely justified by the conclusion. Nonetheless, for most of its running time, Chicago Deadline is a dark and haunting ride.


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