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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Nan Collins
... Brad Collins
... Don Lowry
... Vanning
... Christine Norman
... Jim Travis
... Bailey
... J.T. Arnold
... Ralston
... Charles Dover
... Grip Wilson
... J. Francis Cornwall
... Garth
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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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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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31 October 1950 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

I Married a Communist  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Daniel Mainwaring, author of the beloved noir "Out of the Past," RKO head Howard Hughes used the film "I Married a Communist" to get rid of a lot of writers, directors and actors. If you refused to work in this project, you got fired from the studio. See more »

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

Soundtracks

One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
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Music by Harold Arlen
Played when Nan and Bailey are dancing in the Gay Paree nightclub
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Excellent Movie
1 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Considering what was happening on the world stage at the time this movie was made (i.e., The Berlin Airlift), it was becoming unfortunately clear that the Soviet Union was not an ally anymore and RKO probably thought this a timely subject. The cast is first rate and I found the narrative interesting. A couple of corrections from other postings: Lorraine Day was not lent out by MGM. Her contract ended in 1945 and she signed with RKO (on a non-exclusive basis)which was fortunate as it allowed her to illustrate her abilities as an actress in a much wider range of movie: "The Locket," "Tycoon," "My Dear Secretary," and this movie. The second correction is that this was not a "B" movie. It seems that a few reviewers confuse what they consider "B" content with how a movie is advertised/presented in its theater engagements; this was not a second feature. I also believe that RKO was every bit as proficient, stylish and accomplished in the movies they chose to make as was MGM. As for Robert Ryan, what can one say about this great actor that has not been said before.


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