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Pier 23 (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 11 May 1951 (USA)
Private detective finds himself framed for the murders of a wrestler and a crooked referee, then for the murder of a mystery man posing as a new parolee from Alcatraz.

Director:

William Berke

Writers:

Herbert H. Margolis (story) (as Herbert Margolis), Lou Morheim (story) (as Louis Morheim) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Beaumont ... Dennis O'Brien
Ann Savage ... Ann Harmon
Edward Brophy ... Prof. Shicker
Richard Travis ... Police Inspector Lt. Bruger
Margia Dean ... Flo Klingle
Mike Mazurki ... Ape Danowski
David Bruce ... Charles Giffen
Raymond Greenleaf ... Father Donovan
Eve Miller ... Norma Harmon
Harry Hayden ... Dr. Earl J. Tomkins
Joi Lansing ... The Cocktail Waitress (as Joy Lansing)
Peter Mamakos ... Nick Garrison
Chris Drake Chris Drake ... Mike Greeley
John Indrisano John Indrisano ... Mushy Cavelli (as Johnny Indrasano)
Bill Varga Bill Varga ... Willie Klingle
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Storyline

In the first of two separate stories, Private-Detective Dennis O'Brien becomes involved with a gang that uses a rigged wrestling match as a means for murder. In the second story O'Brien tries to discourage a convict from making an escape-attempt from Alcatraz. Later O'Brien mistakes another man for the convict, and winds up charged with a murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GANGLAND GALAHAD! He's a cop's pet peeve... and a gal's pet passion!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sport

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flesh and Leather See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited down to each of its two segments, each of them re-titled, this was sold to television in the early 1950's as two parts of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »

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Follows Roaring City (1951) See more »

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The marriage of radio, films and television
17 November 2007 | by horn-5See all my reviews

In the early days of television (circa late-40s to early 50s)the makers of many of the cheapjack, poverty-row syndicated series---Guy Madison's Wild Bill Hickock, Reed Hadley's Racket Squad, others) would take two or three of the 30-minute television episodes, stitch them together and peddle them to the small-town and/or b-feature theatre-exhibitors as a "NEW" feature-length film. The film-exhibitors knew better, but most of these films were booked into towns and areas of the country where television coverage was, at best, spotty and often non-existent. Basically, a large percentage of the audience that saw these "films" in a theatre didn't own a television set or live in an area that had a television station. Plus, there was the large-and-profitable overseas market to be tapped.

Exhibitor-producer-distributor-showman Robert L. Lippert took this concept in another direction; his plan was to make three feature films, each of which had two separate 30-minute plots with continuing characters, book them into theatres and, after, they had exhausted the B-feature theatrical-circuit, cut them in half and sell the six 30-minute segments to television. Either as a series or a stand-alone 30-minute gap-filler.

Thusly was born "Pier 23", "Roaring City" and "Danger Zone." Three films in six segments featuring a San Francisco, hard-boiled private-eye named Dennis O'Brien. Made for theatres with intent-to-sell-to television. William Berke---has anyone actually ever seen a billing credit for him as William A. Berke...don't bother, the answer is no---directed and produced all three films with screen plays credited to Julian Harmon and Victor West on all. And each carried a "based on a story by Herbert H. Margolis and Louis Morheim" credit. And where did these "based-ons" come from? Well, each and everyone of them had been "heard" before when they were used on a syndicated radio-series called "Pat Novak, For Hire." Mr. Novak was a hard-case, San Francisco private-eye who averaged getting knocked-out twice in every 30-minute radio episode. Dennis O'Brien maintains that average when he gets his about four times in each of these three films.


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