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A Bullet for Joey (1955)

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


Lewis Allen


James Benson Nablo (story), Daniel Mainwaring (as Geoffrey Homes) | 1 more credit »




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 ... Dubois
Stan Malotte Stan Malotte ... Paul


-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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George Raft and Edward G Robinson starred in 2 movies together. Manpower in 1941 and A Bullet for Joey in 1955 See more »


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 »


Eric Hartman: What good is it going to do us, find him, make him talk?
Joe Victor aka Steiner: Don't get excited.
Eric Hartman: You feel we shouldn't get excited?
Joe Victor aka Steiner: Sure. When you get excited you get ants. And when you get ants, you get rattled.
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User Reviews

There are some disadvantages to being a man of intellect.

After the FBI, the Post Office, and the NYPD, we travel north of the border to Montreal; where a police inspector (Edward G. Robinson) is suspicious about several deaths and a possible attempt to kidnap a nuclear physicist.

George Raft is the mobster doing a job for unknown masters to get money and back into the US. Audrey Totter is tapped to seduce the scientist to make the job easier.

Calling this noir is really stretching it. It doesn't have any of the dark seediness that one expects. It's more a straight police procedural.

Trotter is the most interesting character in the film. The rest just seem as if they are collecting paychecks.

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Release Date:

25 April 1955 (UK) See more »

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Canada's Great Manhunt See more »

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