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Highway Dragnet (1954)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 January 1954 (USA)
Wrongly accused of killing a bar-girl he was seen with earlier, a Korean War vet flees from the police in the company of a woman photographer and her young female model.

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Nathan Juran

Writers:

Herb Meadow (screenplay), Jerome Odlum (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Conte ... Jim Henry
Joan Bennett ... Mrs. Cummings
Wanda Hendrix ... Susan Willis
Reed Hadley ... Det. Lt. Joe White Eagle
Mary Beth Hughes ... Terry Smith
Iris Adrian ... Dolly
Harry Harvey ... Mr. Carson
Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard ... Det. Sgt. Ben Barnett
Frank Jenks ... Marine in Civvies
Murray Alper ... Ice Cream Truck Driver
Zon Murray ... Trooper in Cafe
House Peters Jr. ... Steve
Joseph Crehan ... Elderly Border Inspection Officer
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Chubby Border Inspection Officer (as Tony Hughes)
Bill Hale Bill Hale ... Harry
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Storyline

Mrs. Cummings, a free-lance magazine photographer and a recent widow after her husband committed suicide, and her model, Susan, are on an assignment to cover resorts California and Nevada. Driving west from Las Vegas they pick up Jim Henry, a recently-discharged Marine, who is hitchhiking to the home of a friend near the Salton Sea. Meanwhile, back in Las Vegas, a blonde known casually by Jim, is found murdered. Jim becomes the object of a manhunt directed by Police-Lieut. White Eagle of the Las Vegas police. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THREE-STATE ALARM FOR THRILL-KILLER...Along the Roaring Crime Route from Las Vegas! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The House in the Sea See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the waitress at the cafe is listed as 'Dolly' but the trooper repeatedly calls her 'Sally'. See more »

Goofs

At the camp fire in the desert, Jim put his .45 caliber pistol on the rock with the barrel pointing away from the fire, but subsequent views of the gun show the barrel point toward the camp fire. See more »

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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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This Dragnet Drags
4 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Highway Dragnet' is mediocre murder mystery where twist is uncovered before half the film is over. Rest of the movie we can enjoy by the numbers pursuit picked with cliché tension risers and occasional quirky characters for comic relief.

Richard Conte stars as James Henry, a marine wrongfully accused for the murder of fashion model. He escapes from the police and while on the flee he helps out two women with car trouble - photographer Mrs. Cummings (probably Joan Bennet's worst performance of her career) and another fashion model Susan (Wanda Hendrix).

It is really a second rate film-noir that some Roger Corman fans might look out for curiosity to see the film based on the screenplay that legendary 'King of the Bs' ever sold. He also served as associate producer just for an experience. There can be no better film school than is the experience working on a motion picture.


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