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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:

HOT LEAD AND COLD CASH OUTSIDE THE LAW! (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

Some of Paul Sawtell's score was simply recycled from the four "Dick Tracy" films that RKO released in the late 1940s. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Diane have finished breakfast at the motel, Joe lights Diane's cigarette and then puts the matches back in his shirt pocket twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Diane: Know what "everything" is?
Joe Peters: What?
Diane: Money.
Joe Peters: Happiness doesn't count, huh?
Diane: Can happiness buy money?
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Crazy Credits

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
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Fine B Film
9 January 2001 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

Charles McGraw was not the typical film noir sap. Shrewd, decisive, granite-jawed and gravel-voiced; his fall into darkness is sometimes hard to stomach - it's more like a plunge. He's disgusted with himself for having the same lousy weaknesses as all the shlubs he's investigated. And when his transformation is complete and his every thought and action is ruled by his mushrooming greed and lust, his hitting rock bottom is like a small earthquake. You wait for the aftershocks.

This is a modest crime film that comes at the tail end of the noir cycle (and it was undoubtedly shrugged off by audiences at the time) but viewing it today 50 years after its release allows one to judge it with fresher eyes. It's brisk, surprisingly well-plotted and boasts that signature blunt dialogue that's like boxers exchanging jabs. As the femme fatale, Joan Dixon does little more than purse her lips and act icily alluring, but that's enough. As a big-time racketeer, Lowell Gilmore is ironically (or intentionally?) so unthreatening and personable that his eventual fate seems richly undeserved. And as in many of the best noir films, there is an almost choreographed pivotal moment (like a complicated dance step) where the star-crossed lovers both shift gears, switch course and unwittingly cement their fates.

Plainly and efficiently directed by Harold Daniels, there are a couple rough transitions and slip-ups where information that should be being conveyed between characters isn't (partially undermining final dramatic showdowns) but still a fine B picture. And what noir film would be complete without someone shouting a line like "You haven't got a chance! You've been in this business long enough to know that!"


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