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Trapped (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1949 (USA)
Secret Service agents make a deal with a counterfeiting inmate to be released on early parole if he will help them recover some bogus moneymaking plates, but he plans to double cross them.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Earl Felton (story), George Zuckerman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Tris Stewart
Barbara Payton ... Meg Dixon
John Hoyt ... John Downey
James Todd James Todd ... Jack Sylvester
Russ Conway ... Chief Agent Gunby
Robert Karnes ... Agent Fred Foreman
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The Secret Service of the US Treasury learns that a new batch of counterfeit bills has been in circulation using the plates that Tris Stewart, having completed three years of a ten year prison sentence, had used that led to his conviction. They are able to make a deal with Stewart, in consideration for early parole, to stage a "mock" escape so that he can help them locate the source of the counterfeit bills and hopefully recover the plates to shut down this counterfeit operation for good. In discovering that the plates had been sold by Stewart's deadbeat former partner Sam Hooker to one of their old associates, Jack Sylvester, Stewart may have other things on his mind, such as reconnecting with his old girlfriend, Meg Dixon, a nightclub cigarette girl who now goes by the professional name Laurie Fredericks, and together living off the proceeds that those plates and resulting counterfeit bills can provide. What happens with Stewart and Laurie will not only be affected by Sylvester and ... Written by Huggo

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A KILLER'S DREAM PAID FOR WITH COUNTERFEIT CASH! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Trivia

Quite similar plot line to T-Men (1947) starring Dennis O'Keefe. See more »

Goofs

When Sylvester is being chased through the trolley barn, the pistol he is using changes from a revolver to a semi-automatic. See more »

Quotes

John Downey: If you didn't have a gun on me, I'd beat your brains out. Cheap penny-ante drifter.
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Some unusual but very good roles for Lloyd Bridges and John Hoyt
2 August 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with a rather heavy-handed and hokey introduction extolling the virtues of Secret Service in their dealing with forged American dollars. Then, the actual story begins. It seems that a counterfeit $20 has turned up--and it's an awful lot like one passed by a man who has now been in prison several years (Lloyd Bridges). When he's questioned, he refuses to cooperate. However, when he does seem to be cooperating, it's a ruse--and soon he's escaped from custody. Eventually he makes his way back to his old gang--and he wants in for some of the action. Along the way, he meets up with a sharp character (John Hoyt) who wants to bankroll Bridges' scheme to make a killing with counterfeit bills. How all this works out is something you should see for yourself--and I really don't want to spoil the suspense by saying more.

When this fame debuted in 1949, Bridges and Hoyt were hardly household names. Bridges went on to great fame in the 1950s and 60s but here he plays a guy very much unlike his later roles--in "Trapped", he's just a nasty little hood. As for Hoyt, he's a face many will recognize though his name would escape most. He generally played cranky guys who were not the least bit macho or heroic, yet here he plays a man definitely against this type! In fact, it might just be one of Hoyt's best roles--if not his best. It's a shame, really, as he MIGHT have become a household name, as he was the original Doctor in the pilot episode of "Star Trek".

Overall, the film has a dandy script, is very entertaining and is a nice example of a lesser film noir movie that deserves to be seen. While not great, it certainly is very good and quite watchable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trapped See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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