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No Questions Asked (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 June 1951 (USA)
An insurance lawyer unhappy with his rate of company advancement becomes a middleman in deals to recover stolen property from the Mob, thus earning a nice living. But his actions attract police attention and set him up for a double-cross.

Director:

Harold F. Kress

Writers:

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Berne Giler (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Sullivan ... Steve Keiver
Arlene Dahl ... Ellen Sayburn
George Murphy ... Inspector Matt Duggan
Jean Hagen ... Joan Brenson
Richard Anderson ... Detective Walter O'Bannion
Moroni Olsen ... Henry Manston
Danny Dayton ... Harry Dycker (as Dan Dayton)
Dick Simmons ... Gordon N. Jessman
Howard Petrie ... Franko
William Phipps ... Roger
William Reynolds ... Floyd (as William Regnolds)
Mauritz Hugo ... Marty Callbert
Mari Blanchard ... Natalie
Robert Sheppard Robert Sheppard ... Detective Eddie
Michael Dugan Michael Dugan ... Detective Howard
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Storyline

Steve Keiver, a young lawyer working for an insurance company, hears his boss remark that he'd pay a large sum "no questions asked" for the return of stolen property to avoid paying a much larger claim. On his own initiative, Steve arranges such a deal, earning a nice commission. But he catches the eye of gangsters who think he's the ideal middleman for future similar deals...many of them. As Steve is drawn in deeper, the police take an interest in him, and he's ripe for a double-cross. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

"Give her the works till she tells where the jewels are hidden." See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Discrétion assurée See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$742,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$483,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$656,000, 31 December 1951
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film flopped at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $377,000 ($3.7M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

A policeman alerts patrol cars in the vicinity of "18th Street". In Manhattan all numbered streets are divided into east and west, so anyone giving an address would say "East 18th Street" or "West 18th Street," never the number alone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steve Keiver: [voice-over narration as he hides in the night-time shadows from passing police cars] My name is Steve Keiver. That's what all the sirens are about, they were screaming for me. I was very popular that night - everybody wanted me, dead or alive. Big Franko wanted me dead. I don't think it mattered to the police how they got me, just so they got me. You'd think there'd be a thousand hiding places in a large city, but there aren't. No, not when they want you.
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Soundtracks

The Royal Order of Civic Boosters
(uncredited)
Music by Alberto Colombo, lyrics by Alberto Colombo and Sidney Sheldon
Sung by conventioneers
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good noir
31 October 2001 | by johnwinklerSee all my reviews

A terrific classic noir opening - man on the run in a city of night, his voiceover, leading to flashback - but eventually disappointing. Barry Sullivan is excellent as the protagonist. If it had kept the courage of its opening, it could have been one of the great ones.


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