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Crime Wave (1953)

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director:

André De Toth

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screen play), Bernard Gordon (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Det. Lt. Sims
Gene Nelson ... Steve Lacey
Phyllis Kirk ... Ellen Lacey
Ted de Corsia ... 'Doc' Penny
Charles Bronson ... Ben Hastings (as Charles Buchinsky)
Jay Novello ... Dr. Otto Hessler
Nedrick Young ... Gat Morgan (as Ned Young)
James Bell ... Daniel O'Keefe
Dub Taylor ... Gus Snider (as Dubb Taylor)
Gayle Kellogg Gayle Kellogg ... Detective Kelly
Mack Chandler Mack Chandler ... Detective Sully
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Storyline

Three San Quentin escapees (Penny, Hastings and Morgan) kill a cop in a gas-station holdup. Wounded, Morgan flees through black-shadowed streets to the handiest refuge: with former cellmate Steve Lacey, who's paroled, with a new life and lovely wife, and can't afford to be caught associating with old cronies. But homicide detective Sims wants to use Steve to help him catch Penny and Hastings, who in turn extort his help in a bank job. Is there no way out for Steve? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...the squeeze was on from the killers and the cops! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Cry, Baby See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to TCM Noir Alley, one of André De Toth's greatest talents as a Director was his extraordinary instinct for casting. His films often featured actors appearing in unexpected roles that in hind sight, seem inspired. For example, Gene Nelson, well known song-and-dance man, makes his only detour into Film Noir in Crime Wave, as lead Steve Lacey. See more »

Goofs

When Nedrick Young (as Gat Morgan) is first shot, he grabs his chest by the right pectoral. When he grabs his wound later, it has migrated to the lower center abdomen. See more »

Quotes

'Doc' Penny: Think about that wife of yours, Steve. You can't afford to make any mistakes.
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Referenced in Trapped Ashes (2006) See more »

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Bringing in the Sheaves
Music by George A. Minor
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Brilliant B-Movie Noir
10 April 2006 | by RathkoSee all my reviews

An American Cinematheque presentation at The Egyptian.

A great little 'second feature' noir. Hayden is brilliant as the tough and cynical cop willing to break any rule to catch a couple of cop killers, and Phyllis Kirk oozes B-movie sex-appeal as the good-girl caught in the middle. With some genuinely funny dialogue, solid performances all round, and wonderful location filming around downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown and Glendale, the movie is a brilliant testament to the quality of so many cheap post-war crime thrillers. Of particular interest is the location filming inside the LAPD offices and dispatch room in City Hall.

Charles Bronson plays a tough-guy killer in an early supporting role. Timothy Carey shows up to chew the scenery as a bizarre, bog-eyed, dope-fiend, rape-o. And there's a great car chase through the Downtown city streets at night.

A minor classic. Entertaining throughout.


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