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Crime Wave (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 March 1954 (USA)
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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Taglines:

...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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Trivia

At one point in the film actress/singer Doris Day's voice can be heard over the radio, singing "Wonderful, a previous picture the two had done. Gene Nelson had previously done four films with Day including Tea for Two and Lullaby of Broadway. See more »

Goofs

When Gat Morgan comes to Steve and Ellen Laceys' apartment he brandishes a Smith & Wesson .38 special with a 2.5" barrel. When Steve's parole officer arrives detective Lt. Sims holds and hands the gun that Steve Lacey took from Morgan to parole officer O'Keefe. The revolver now has a 4" barrel and appears to be a Colt Police Positive. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Otto Hessler: People. They accept the love of a dog, and when it gets old and sick they say put it to sleep.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Bringing in the Sheaves
Music by George A. Minor
Played by the Salvation Army band
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Pulp Fiction Boiled Rock Hard
6 June 2005 | by jimmccoolSee all my reviews

Simply one of the best hard boiled noir films I have seen. Sterling Hayden is, as usual, excellent, while a very young Charles Bronson is surprisingly good as a 'punk' hood. Seems to feature nearly all scenes as location, or hand-held camera and it seems at times like a particularly effective episode of a 50s TV cop show - except that the content is much more brutal and sharp. This is a dark, dark film both in storyline and in the quite brilliant photography. I'd really love to see this neglected classic come out on a restored print on DVD. Isn't it time Criterion updated their 'noir' list? This cries out for restoration and a re-release.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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