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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.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writers:

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

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 »

Quotes

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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An interesting Cold War gangster film that is VERY low on energy
30 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an odd little relic from the 1950s. While there were quite a few gangster films made at the time as well as anti-Communism thrillers (such as MY SON, JOHN and I MARRIED A COMMUNIST), this is the only film I can think of that merges the two genres! In a highly unusual move, the Communists enlist the aid of a deported American gangster (George Raft) to orchestrate the kidnapping of a nuclear scientist. This makes the film's concept rather interesting, but the film itself is hampered by low-energy performances (particularly Edward G. Robinson and Raft to a lesser extent) and poor casting (almost none of the people spoke with French-Canadian accents despite the film supposedly taking place in Montreal). In fact, Robinson sounded pretty much like he was on sedatives! Perhaps the reason for this muted performance was just because this excellent actor was so badly miscast. As a result, it is STILL watchable but also quite skip-able as well.


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