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Finger Man (1955)

An ex-con goes undercover for the government to "finger" the crime boss who made his sister a drug addict.

Director:

Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster)

Writers:

Norris Lipsius (story), John Lardner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Lovejoy ... Casey Martin
Forrest Tucker ... Dutch Becker
Peggie Castle ... Gladys Baker
Timothy Carey ... Lou Terpe
John Cliff ... Johnny Cooper
William F. Leicester William F. Leicester ... Jim Rogers (as William Leicester)
Glen Gordon Glen Gordon ... Carlos Armor (as Glenn Gordon)
John Close John Close ... 'Big' Walters
Hugh Sanders ... Mr. Burns
Evelyn Eaton Evelyn Eaton ... Lucille Martin
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Fred Amory
Dorothy Green ... Candy
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Treasury agents, desperate to get evidence on syndicate kingpin Dutch Becker, give ex-con hood Casey Martin a choice...life in prison or courting sudden death as a government 'finger man.' Finding that his sister is now a drug addict thanks to Becker, Martin agrees to go undercover. Becker's chief aide proves to be sadistic Lou Terpe, Martin's former cellmate whom he can't stand the sight of. And the danger hanging over Martin expands to threaten those around him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"I put the finger on Public Enemy Number One!"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Venture See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Yellow Taxi that drops off Casey in front of the warehouse is a 1953 Plymouth. See more »

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Very good B film noir
10 April 2019 | by adrian-43767See all my reviews

FINGER MAN is an interesting example of a well made B film noir. Photography is a particularly strong point, reminiscent at times of THE THIRD MAN, with its long shadows, and the protagonist wearing a long coat, among other coincidental points.

Director Harold Schuster does a good job of keeping the film fluid and interesting, even if the actors are all of limited talent. Frank Lovejoy is unable convey any particularly recognizable emotion; Forrest Tucker is supposed to be a cunning criminal kingpin, but there is something less than convincing about his alleged ruthlessness; and pretty but otherwise forgettable Peggie Castle thankfully does not take too long to leave the film.

The story/script is credible, and the soundtrack better than usual in a B movie.

Obviously no masterpiece but certainly no waste of time, either.


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