6.6/10
848
26 user 14 critic

Backfire (1950)

While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay) (as Larry Marcus), Ivan Goff (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Flaxy Martin (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Unscrupulous showgirl Flaxy Martin involves young attorney Walter Colby with mobster Hap Richie. A girl is murdered, with the evidence pointing to Flaxy, and Colby takes the rap and gets a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: Virginia Mayo, Zachary Scott, Dorothy Malone
Certificate: Passed Crime | Music | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Linda Vickers gets mixed up with gambler Marty Fain. One of Fain's henchmen uses her car in a killing, and the police come around asking questions. Linda decides to indulge in a bit of ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: Virginia Mayo, Bruce Bennett, Robert Hutton
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An undercover man (Roger Pryor) recruits an escort-service rookie (Anita Louise) to inform him of scams.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Anita Louise, Roger Pryor, Frances Robinson
Shadowed (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Fred J. Johnson (Lloyd Corrigan) scores a hole-in-one but his next drive, using the lucky, initialed golf ball, soars out of bounds and lands near a spot where some counterfeiters are ... See full summary »

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Anita Louise, Lloyd Corrigan, Michael Duane
The Verdict (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring
The Gangster (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Barry Sulivan is a cynical gangster who controls the Neptune Beach waterfront. He runs a numbers racket with the local soda shop owner: the police are in his pocket and the local hoods are on his payroll.

Director: Gordon Wiles
Stars: Barry Sullivan, Belita, Joan Lorring
Desperate (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr
Brainstorm (1965)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Scientist Jim Grayam saves his boss' wife from suicide but falls in-love with her and plots to kill her husband by pretending to be criminally insane.

Director: William Conrad
Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Dana Andrews, Anne Francis
Sylvia (1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sylvia West is a young poetess engaged to Frederic Summers, an eccentric millionaire. Summers, a man who always fears he is being loved for his money, decides to make a small check on his ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Carroll Baker, George Maharis, Joanne Dru
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A disfigured watchmaker with a grudge against society embarks on a life of crime.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe
Dial 1119 (1950)
Certificate: Passed Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An escaped mental patient causes havoc.

Director: Gerald Mayer
Stars: Marshall Thompson, Virginia Field, Andrea King
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Viveca Lindfors ... Lysa Radoff
Dane Clark ... Ben Arno / Lou Walsh
Virginia Mayo ... Nurse Julie Benson
Edmond O'Brien ... Steve Connelly
Gordon MacRae ... Bob Corey
Ed Begley ... Police Capt. Garcia
Frances Robinson ... Mrs. Blayne
Richard Rober ... Solly Blayne
Sheila MacRae ... Bonnie Willis (as Sheila Stephens)
David Hoffman David Hoffman ... Burns
Edit

Storyline

Bob Corey, recovering from a series of operations in a Veterans' hospital, learns that his friend, Steve Connelly, with whom he intended to buy a ranch, has disappeared under circumstance that indicate he may have been involved in a murder. Accompanied by his nurse, Julie Benson, with whom he has fallen in love, Bob follows a series of clues and incidents, including three more murders, that leads to a gambler, masquerading as an undertaker to avoid taxes on his illegal income, has a whole lot to do with his friend's predicament. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

That "White Heat" girl turns it on again!..


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Into the Night See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Features two future Best Supporting Actor Oscar winners: Edmond O'Brien and Ed Begley. See more »

Goofs

Bob Corey (Gordon MacRae) and Julie Benson (Virginia Mayo) are eating dinner and discussing Steve Connelly's (Edmond O'Brien) disappearance they are drinking wine and eating and there is a bottle of wine in the middle of the table next to a burning candle. Just after a close up of MacRae when it goes to a wide shot the plates are gone as is the wine bottle and the glasses. They have been replaced by coffee cups and the waiter asking if they would like more coffee. See more »

Quotes

Police Captain Garcia: [to Sgt. Pluther, who's firing a fleeing suspect] Hold it. You're liable to hit a taxpayer.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Major Crimes: Poster Boy (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(1739) (uncredited)
Written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (uncredited)
Sung during the Christmas scene at the beginning
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
OK, but not one of Sherman's better films
18 May 2015 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

Gordon MacRae is a wounded ex-GI who's been in an army hospital for treatment for a broken spine. He falls for the beautiful nurse who took care of him, and he and his army buddy have planned to go into business as ranchers when he was released from the hospital. However, his buddy disappears suddenly and MacRae is told by the police that's because he's the prime suspect in the murder of a notorious gambler. MacRae, refusing to believe that his pal is guilty of the crime, sets out to find his buddy and clear his name.

Director Vincent Sherman, an old Warner Brothers hand, was an expert at making tight, suspenseful thrillers--check out "Underground", a terrific 1941 little "B" he made for Warners--but this isn't one of his better efforts. He doesn't seem to have had his heart in it, as there are holes in the somewhat contrived script big enough to drive a truck through, there are way too many convenient coincidences and the identity of the real killer becomes very obvious not long into the picture. Edmond O'Brien is excellent as MacRae's army buddy but Virginia Mayo isn't much more than window dressing as MacRae's love interest (his real wife Sheila MacRae has a small part as a brassy party girl). MacRae tries hard, but he just isn't up to the part. It has a good supporting cast and does have its moments, but overall it's one of Vincent Sherman's lesser efforts, with more minuses than pluses.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed