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The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 October 1950 (Portugal)
Successful, newly married Brad Collins once belonged to the Communist Party of the USA, and now the Party will stop at nothing to use him.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Charles Grayson (screen play), Robert Hardy Andrews (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laraine Day ... Nan Collins
Robert Ryan ... Brad Collins
John Agar ... Don Lowry
Thomas Gomez ... Vanning
Janis Carter ... Christine Norman
Richard Rober ... Jim Travis
William Talman ... Bailey
Paul E. Burns ... J.T. Arnold
Paul Guilfoyle ... Ralston
G. Pat Collins ... Charles Dover
Fred Graham ... Grip Wilson
Harry Cheshire ... J. Francis Cornwall
Jack Stoney ... Garth
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Storyline

Brad Collins, former stevedore, is rising fast in a shipping company when local communist agitators use his former Party affiliation to extort his help in stirring up trouble. When Brad resists, communist femme fatale Christine works through his brother-in-law Don. But Brad's new wife Nan sees that her husband and brother are under pressure; when she investigates on her own, party boss Vanning takes ruthless action. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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I can't love a man who is worse than a gangster! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1950 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

I Married a Communist See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Talman's first movie role. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Haven't a Thing to Wear
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Played by the band at the Gay Paree nightclub
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Propaganda Aside, A Well-Made Thriller
14 June 2004 | by bowiebksSee all my reviews

Despite the slightly hysterical anti-Communist tone, this is a well-made and very well-acted thriller with excellent performances from most of the cast, especially Janis Carter and super-villains Thomas Gomez and William Tallman. John Agar and Larraine Day are also excellent in leading roles; the surprise weak link is Robert Ryan, who fails to bring his usual intensity to his part as a blackmailed ex-Red who can't leave the party. The cinematography is dark and moody, with good use of San Francisco backdrops. The script is not bad either, with a certain amount of very bleak humor which does little to soften the harsh view of most of the characters. Put politics aside and enjoy this noir-ish and entertaining movie!


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