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Rogue Cop (1954)

After witnessing a murder, honest cop Eddie Kelvaney is silenced by gangster Dan Beaumonte, prompting Eddie's brother, Detective Chris Kelvaney, to search for the killer.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screen play), William P. McGivern (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Det. Sgt. Christopher Kelvaney
Janet Leigh ... Karen Stephanson
George Raft ... Dan Beaumonte
Steve Forrest ... Eddie Kelvaney
Anne Francis ... Nancy Corlane
Robert Ellenstein ... Det. Sidney Y. Myers
Robert F. Simon ... Ackerman
Anthony Ross ... Father Ahearn
Alan Hale Jr. ... Johnny Stark
Peter Brocco ... George 'Wrinkles' Fallon
Vince Edwards ... Joey Langley
Olive Carey ... Selma
Roy Barcroft ... Lt. Vince D. Bardeman
Dale Van Sickel ... Manny
Ray Teal ... Patrolman Mullins
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Storyline

Detective Chris Kelvaney has a brother, Eddie, who also is a policeman. He witnessed a murderer running away from the scene of the crime. Chris has contacts with the gangster Beaumonte, who is willing to pay $15,000 if Eddie withdraws his testimony. But Eddie is an honorable cop and refuses. Beaumonte makes sure that Eddie is killed. After his death, Kelvaney starts to track down his brother's killer. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Temptation is a thing called money and a red-lipped blonde !


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Kelvaney See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$695,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,417,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,509,000, 31 December 1954
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In 1958, MGM reissued this film on a double bill with King Solomon's Mines (1950). See more »

Goofs

When Father Ahearn comes to the police station to talk to Chris, he puts his right hand on Chris's left shoulder in the over-the-shoulder shot, but the cut to the master reveals his left hand on Chris's right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sidney Y. Myers: Do me a favor will ya crud? When homicide questions ya get stuffed... show 'em how tough ya are: make em beat it outta ya, eh?
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Referenced in Oneirevomai tous filous mou (1993) See more »

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Tough, cynical, nasty--and from MGM!
27 March 2003 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

A hard-edged, gritty, violent little crime drama from, of all studios, MGM! Probably the closest that studio ever came to a noir thriller, only the overall gloss gives it away as an MGM film (guess they just couldn't help themselves); otherwise it could well have come from Warners or RKO. Robert Taylor is in top form as a hardened detective who has been immersed for so long in the seedy, seamy world of big-city crime that he finally succumbs to its corruption and is even tempted to sell out his younger brother, who is also a policeman. George Raft as the slimy crime boss, Janet Leigh as his brother's pretty, sweet (but hardly naive) fiancé, Robert Ellenstein (in a standout performance) as his partner and friend who doesn't want to see Taylor become the kind of lowlife he's always hated, all combine with a Chandler-esqe script by Sydney Boehm, tough, no-nonsense direction from Roy Rowland (a reliable but somewhat stolid director of mainly westerns and musicals) and a violent, action-filled climax to make this a must-see for noir fans. Highly recommended.


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