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A Bullet for Joey (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 April 1955 (UK)
In Montreal, a police inspector slowly discovers a plot to kidnap a nuclear physicist, American mobsters, foreign spies, and a blonde seductress, are all involved.

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Lewis Allen

Writers:

James Benson Nablo (story), Daniel Mainwaring (as Geoffrey Homes) | 1 more credit »
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After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Inspector Raoul Leduc
George Raft ... Joe Victor aka Steiner
Audrey Totter ... Joyce Geary
George Dolenz ... Dr. Carl Macklin
Peter van Eyck ... Eric Hartman
Toni Gerry Toni Gerry ... Yvonne Temblay
William Bryant ... Jack Allen (as Bill Bryant)
John Cliff ... Morrie
Steven Geray ... Raphael Garcia
Joseph Vitale ... Nick Johonus
Sally Blane ... Marie Temblay
Peter Hansen ... Fred
Kaaren Verne ... Viveca Hartman (as Karen Verne)
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Dubois
Stan Malotte Stan Malotte ... Paul
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Storyline

Montreal: the former well-known gangster Joey Victor is fetched from Europe, where he was deported to from USA. His shall kidnap the nuclear physicist Dr. Macklin and bring him behind the Iron Curtain. Joey reactivates his old gang, including the formerly attractive Joyce. She shall seduce the erotically inexperienced Macklin and lure him out of his closely protected quarters. But the FBI becomes suspicious... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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THE SCREEN'S TOP "TOUGH GUYS" MEET FACE TO FACE! (original print ad - all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Canada's Great Manhunt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As the sedan carrying Nick and Morrie prepares to pass the telephone repair truck that the police are using for undercover purposes, the camera and several members of the crew are visibly reflected in the door of the truck. See more »

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Fred: It's too bad our man was liquidated.
Insp. Raoul Leduc: Well, sometimes bad news can be changed into good news.
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All the right elemens and even two big actors can't pull this one off
27 October 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

A Bullet for Joey (1955)

There are some quirky oddball aspects to this film that keep it interesting--but only in spurts. First of all, there's George Raft, who is past his best days, but it's interesting all the same to see an actor with some great movies in his past. The whole strange premise of the movie, which gets a little lost in petty distractions, is about Communist spying, with a gangster (Raft) doing some gangstery things across the border--in Canada. The good guy is the inimitable Edward G. Robinson, who has a minor role despite his big billing.

What drags the movie is the basics--the story, and the direction. Lewis Allen has a couple of decent films to his credit--"Suddenly" is great, and so is "The Uninvited"--but the mundane settings and amorphous plot here are sometimes just dull. I think this is classic case of too many variables that didn't quite click, and Allen couldn't lift it up to something fabulous. As usual, the best scenes are good, but even the ending, with all its drama, doesn't quite click.


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