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Red Light (1949)

The former employee of a trucking company, currently in prison for embezzling the company, plans his eventual revenge against his former boss.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Don 'Red' Barry (story "This Guy Gideon") (as Donald Barry), George Callahan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... John Torno
Virginia Mayo ... Carla North
Gene Lockhart ... Warni Hazard
Raymond Burr ... Nick Cherney
Harry Morgan ... Rocky (as Henry Morgan)
Barton MacLane ... Strecker
Arthur Franz ... Jess Torno
Ken Murray ... Ken Murray
Stanley Clements ... Bellboy
William Frawley ... Hotel Clerk
Arthur Shields ... Father Redmond
Frank Orth ... Stoner
Phillip Pine ... Pablo Cabrillo
William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips ... Ryan (as Wm. S. Phillips)
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Storyline

Nick Cherney, in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at John Torno through his young priest brother Jess. He pays fellow prisoner Rocky, who gets out a week before Nick, to murder Jess...who, dying, tells revenge-minded John that he'd written a clue "in the Bible." Frustrated, John obsessively searches for the missing Gideon Bible from Jess's hotel room. Meanwhile, Nick himself gets out with murder still in his heart. But another factor is in play that none of them (except the murdered Jess) had planned on. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"You're going too far this time, Torno...the law is breathing down your neck!" (ORIGINAL POSTER) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Gideon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Dimitri Tiomkin reused some of his scoring from It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - when George Bailey comes back renewed from being shown a vision of if he'd never been born - for the denouement of this film. See more »

Goofs

When Det. Strecker pulls up at the trucking terminal to see Johnny (about 1 hour into the film), a clear reflection of the boom microphone is visible in the police car's windshield. See more »

Quotes

Carla North: You can't take the law into your own hands. Things aren't done that way.
John Torno: That depends on who's doing them.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing scene a neon sign reads "24 HOUR SERVICE". When the film ends another neon sign lights up with "THE END" below it. See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
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"Say, are you a dick?"
20 October 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Businessman George Raft is out for blood after his priest brother is murdered. The brother's last words are about a bible so Raft scours the city searching for it, hoping it holds a clue to the identity of his brother's killer. Fine film noir with George Raft bringing a "WB gangster from the '30s" edge to things. It's a really good performance from tough guy Raft. This is about as sensitive as he gets on screen. He even cries in one scene. Great cast backing him up, including Gene Lockhart, Raymond Burr, Barton MacLane, and Harry Morgan. Virginia Mayo provides the lovely. Burr's a memorable heavy. Starts and ends well but middle drags some. Scene with the window washer is pretty cheesy stuff. Final scene is something of an eye-roller.


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