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Guilty Bystander (1950)

An alcoholic ex-cop, now the house detective at a scuzzy hotel in an even scuzzier part of town, stumbles through New York City's sleazy underworld searching for his kidnapped son.

Director:

Joseph Lerner

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Don Ettlinger, H. William Miller (novel) (as Wade Miller) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Scott ... Max Thursday
Faye Emerson ... Georgia
Mary Boland ... Smitty
Sam Levene ... Capt. Tonetti
J. Edward Bromberg ... Varkas
Kay Medford ... Angel
Jed Prouty ... Dr. Elder
Harry Landers ... Bert
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Stitch
Ray Julian Ray Julian ... Johnny
Dennis Patrick ... Mace (as Denns Harrison)
Garney Wilson Garney Wilson ... Harvey
Donald Novis Donald Novis ... Johnson
Lou Herbert Lou Herbert ... Detectibe
Jesse White ... Masher
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An alcoholic ex-cop, now the house detective at a scuzzy hotel in an even scuzzier part of town, stumbles through New York City's sleazy underworld searching for his kidnapped son.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel der Verlorenen See more »

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Mono (Reeves Magicorder)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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too talky but some good set pieces
15 April 2013 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

This is beautifully photographed and features a score by Dimitri Tiomkin. Scott to me was always an uneven actor, there just doesn't seem to be much going on behind his eyes but he's pretty good in this film. The main character seems intent on remaining drunk and finding his son and for most of the movie he's more successful at finding drinks nearly everywhere he goes. There is a memorable chase/fight sequence in the New York subway, seemingly done for real on real locations, at another point there is a room full of corpses found post shoot out. And another scene on a darkened staircase that is well done on all levels.

But what drags the movie down is the seemingly shapeless plot or lack of one, and long dialog scenes which I guess in some instances are supposed to be romantic but are just long and talky. Nevertheless there are memorable moments of noir photography and music. It may not ultimately work, but is not without scattered virtues of production and performance.


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