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Jigsaw (1949)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 March 1949 (USA)
New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy investigates a series of murders and uncovers an extremist group.

Director:

Fletcher Markle

Writers:

Fletcher Markle (screen play by), Vincent McConnor (screen play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franchot Tone ... Howard Malloy
Jean Wallace ... Barbara Whitfield
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Charles Riggs
Marc Lawrence ... Angelo Agostini
Winifred Lenihan Winifred Lenihan ... Mrs. Hartley
Doe Avedon ... Caroline Riggs (as Betty Harper)
Hedley Rainnie Hedley Rainnie ... Sigmund Kosterich
Walter Vaughn Walter Vaughn ... District Attorney Walker
George Breen George Breen ... Knuckles
Robert Gist ... Tommy Quigley
Hester Sondergaard Hester Sondergaard ... Mrs. Borg
Luella Gear Luella Gear ... Pet Shop Owner
Alexander Campbell ... Pemberton
Robert Noe Robert Noe ... Waldron
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Nichols
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Storyline

When the owner of a printing shop is found dead, the District Attorney assumes that it was a suicide. But the Assistant D.A., Howard Malloy, suspects that there is a connection with an extremist political group called the 'Crusaders'. When a journalist whose articles had attacked the Crusaders is also killed, Malloy is convinced. With help from the widow of a prominent judge, he conducts an investigation. As he does so, he meets a peculiar political boss and also an attractive night club singer, each of whom could become either a source of help or a source of danger. Written by Snow Leopard

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Trapped in the maze of a murderous racket! (dvd) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun Moll See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tower Pictures Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Dist. Atty. Frank Walker: [coming into a room and viewing several dead bodies] This place looks like the last act of "Hamlet!"
Howard Malloy: It's the last act for all kinds of things.
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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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Small Noir; Big Stars
25 November 2006 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

JIGSAW (1949)

** 1/2 (out of four)

After his reporter friend is murdered, a D.A. goes off looking for the killers. Once again, the 1940's delivered all sorts of gems within the noir genre. This film here has quite a good reputation but I personally found it to be quite slow and boring in spots. The performances are all good but the director isn't able to get much out of the story and in the end nothing makes too much sense. Seeing stars like John Garfield and Henry Fonda is always great but their cameos add very little to the film.

Available on DVD through various PD companies.


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