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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.


Harold F. Kress


Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Berne Giler (story)


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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


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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M-G-M presents the inside story of the men and their women in the "stolen goods" racket. See more »


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

15 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Discrétion assurée See more »


Box Office


$742,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[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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I've Got You Under My Skin
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Don't Ask Questions
29 March 2018 | by Richie-67-485852See all my reviews

The power of this movie rests in the story and it is well told and original too. Enjoy Barry Sullivan and supporting actors as they bring some decent story-telling to entertain you. Good snack movie too! The premise is an interesting one and works only if you go back in time lets say the forties and the premise kicks in. Today they have laws and good police work that prevents this set-up of a sort. If you don't ask any questions, you get what you lost back. Its the questions that ruin it LOL. Also take in the love story and assess that as the main actor does this as well. Love is interesting. Love of what, how or whom remains to be seen

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