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Vicki (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 October 1953 (USA)
The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm.

Director:

Harry Horner

Writers:

Steve Fisher (novel), Dwight Taylor
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Jill Lynn
Jean Peters ... Vicki Lynn
Elliott Reid ... Steve Christopher
Richard Boone ... Lt. Ed Cornell
Max Showalter ... Larry Evans (as Casey Adams)
Alexander D'Arcy ... Robin Ray (as Alex D'Arcy)
Carl Betz ... Detective McDonald
Aaron Spelling ... Harry Williams
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Storyline

Supermodel Vicki Lynn, whose face is seen everywhere, is murdered, and ace homicide cop Ed Cornell cuts his vacation short to take the case personally. In flashback we see how Vicki rose from ambitious waitress to big black headlines, courtesy of clever publicity man Steve Christopher. Now Cornell seems determined to get Christopher convicted in what begins to seem like a bizarre personal vendetta. Is Steve caught like a rat in a trap? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"She Had Everything a Man Could Ever Want And Lived the Way No Woman Ever Should!" See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le crime était signé See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The two leads are watching the movie 'Laura' in the theater. Although this movie is a remake of 'I Wake Up Streaming,' it shares similar traits with 'Laura' being named after a beautiful woman whose portrait is seen in the opening credits, and who winds up either dead or presumed dead. Also, both movies has a cop in love with both Vicki and Laura, and they wind up interrogating her male friends, all culprits. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ed Cornell: When I put all my evidence together, I'll have you strapped in that chair so tight, you'll scream.
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Connections

Version of I Wake Up Screaming (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know Why (and So Do You)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics Mack Gordon
Performed by Jean Peters at the Club Capri
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Engaging whodunit with an outstanding performance by Richard Boone
12 August 2018 | by gridoon2020See all my reviews

Richard Boone singlehandedly lifts this modest but engaging whodunit to a higher plane: from a regular "genre piece" to a psychological study on obsession, delusion and loneliness. The cop he plays (also a suspect) is creepy, disturbing, and ultimately pitiable. In addition, Jean Peters (the murder victim, seen only in flashbacks) is one of the sexiest actresses of her era. *** out of 4.


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