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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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M-G-M presents the inside story of the men and their women in the "stolen goods" racket. 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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Arlene Dahl isn't as nice this time
29 March 2010 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

An insurance claims adjuster (Barry Sullivan) finds he can make a lot more money if he deals with the crooks who are robbing and stealing valuable jewelry and furs. The insurance company that he works for is actually abetting crime in order to retrieve the stolen goods and minimize their losses, thus upsetting the police who would prefer to not reward the crooks who are now even more motivated to pull off daring heists, as they now are guaranteed hefty payments for the stolen goods. This film has some interesting elements and a couple of memorable scenes, a couple of which take place in a swimming pool and one in which the assembled wealthy patrons at an opening night theater debut are robbed while they're all in the powder room between acts. At the root of Sullivan's actions is the woman who dumped him, played by Arlene Dahl. She usually plays sympathetic parts, but here her character has a solid place on the memorable list of film noir bad girls. For a film directed by someone known for editing, this is surprisingly good, with a tough ending.


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