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The Clay Pigeon (1949)

Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Fleischer (as Richard O. Fleischer)

Writer:

Carl Foreman (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill Williams ... Jim Fletcher
Barbara Hale ... Martha Gregory
Richard Quine ... Ted Niles
Richard Loo ... Ken Tokoyama - aka The Weasel
Frank Fenton ... Lt. Cmdr. Prentice
Frank Wilcox ... Dr. Matson - Navy Hospital Doctor
Marya Marco Marya Marco ... Mrs. Helen Minoto (as Mary Marco)
Robert Bray ... Gunsel Blake
Martha Hyer ... Miss Harwick - Wheeler's Receptionist
Harold Landon Harold Landon ... Danny - Blind Veteran in Hospital
James Craven James Craven ... John D. Wheeler
Grandon Rhodes ... Naval Intelligence Agent Clark
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Storyline

Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from the hospital he tries to clear himself by enlisting the aid of Martha Gregory, widow of a service buddy he was accused of informing on. Helped also by Ted Niles, a surviving fellow prisoner, he gets closer to finding the answers he needs, and becomes ensnared in a grandiose scheme involving his Japanese ex-prison guard, $10,000,000 of US currency forged by the Japanese and a burgeoning crime network poised to wreak havoc throughout southern California. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Acusado a traición See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Williams ( Jim Fletcher ) and Barbara Hale ( Martha Gregory ), were married in real life, and were the parents of actor William Katt. See more »

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At around the 37min mark, after Martha returns to the hotel from meeting Ted, she unties her jacket. In the next shot, it is tied again. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Helen Minoto: Have they gone?
Jim Fletcher: They've left the building, but they may be back.
Mrs. Helen Minoto: You'd better wait a few minutes.
Jim Fletcher: I owe you an apology... Why did you help me?
Mrs. Helen Minoto: You said you were in trouble. I knew they weren't the police.
Jim Fletcher: I'm sorry I had to upset Johnny.
Mrs. Helen Minoto: Oh? He'll go to sleep now. He's a good boy. He's just like his father.
Jim Fletcher: The 442nd was quite an outfit.
Mrs. Helen Minoto: Yes, it was.
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THE CLAY PIGEON (Richard Fleischer, 1949) ***
8 April 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Excellent 'B' noir - from the memorable opening sequence of a close-up of a sleeping man's face, with a couple of hands entering the frame to strangle him, to the exciting train-ride climax, which curiously anticipates the director's own THE NARROW MARGIN (1952) - with a topical, Hitchcockian plot of an amnesiac war veteran, accused of treason and of being party to murder, who goes on the run to prove his innocence. Despite unknown leads (including Bill Williams and Barbara Hale, a married couple in real-life and the parents of BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS [1979] star William Katt, which I unwittingly watched the very same day, and future director Richard Quine!), it's very stylishly handled by an expert in the genre, with special care given to the hero's hallucinatory flashes of his harrowing experiences in a Japanese P.O.W. camp.


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