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Roadblock (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 September 1951 (USA)
Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director:

Harold Daniels

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), George Bricker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles McGraw ... Joe Peters
Joan Dixon ... Diane Morley Peters
Lowell Gilmore ... Kendall Webb
Louis Jean Heydt ... Harry Miller
Milburn Stone ... Ray Evans
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Storyline

An L.A. insurance detective starts to get involved with a girl he is increasingly attracted to, even though he sees her as a chiseller. She makes it clear that her tastes are too expensive for him, so he sets about getting a lot of money quickly if illegally. Perhaps too late, she starts to find that she is content with him just the way he is. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

SUDDEN DEATH RIDES WITH STOLEN MILLION! (all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walk a Crooked Mile See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane Joe and Diane are depicted as boarding in Cincinnati is a TWA Douglas DC-3-209, serial no. 1967, registration NC17321, TWA fleet no. 371, built in 1937. It flew with TWA until January 1953. In 1974 it was sold to Trans Oriental Airlines in Bolivia, fate afterwards is unknown. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Diane meet again at the fancy joint, Joe is shown putting his cigarette out twice between shots, and a matchbook suddenly appears besides the ashtray on the bar as she walks over to him. See more »

Quotes

Egan: [about Joe after he beats up DeVito] I thought he was an easy-going guy.
Harry Miller: He was - until he got married.
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The opening credits seem to be an early attempt at creative credits where the credits try to fit the blacktop of the road we're "traveling" on. See more »

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Edited from High Sierra (1941) See more »

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So Swell of You
by Leona Davidson
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Good example of the film noir genre.
4 November 2001 | by FleapitSee all my reviews

Billed as the story of an insurance investigator who goes crooked to please his femme fatale but there the similarity with "Double Indemnity" ends.

No twists or turns, no subtleties, this story is told as it is. A plain straightforward account that becomes almost predictable as the plot slowly unwinds from one situation to the next inevitable one. Nevertheless it's good yarn and well worth seeing. Better than your average B film. The outdoor footage gives a good impression of LA circa 1950. Ends with a thrilling police car chase on the LA river(?) and the villain ? ....... we'll you'll have to see it yourself.


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