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Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 January 1956 (USA)
After 5 years in prison, ex-cop Steve Rollins is paroled and searches for the San Francisco mobsters who framed him for manslaughter.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Steve Rollins
Edward G. Robinson ... Victor Amato
Joanne Dru ... Marcia Rollins
William Demarest ... Dan Bianco
Paul Stewart ... Joe Lye
Perry Lopez ... Mario Amato
Fay Wray ... Kay Stanley
Renata Vanni ... Anna Amato
Nestor Paiva ... Louis Fiaschetti
Stanley Adams ... Hammy
Willis Bouchey ... Police Lt. Paul Neville
Peter Hansen ... Detective Connors (as Peter Hanson)
Anthony Caruso ... Sebastian Pasmonick
Peter J. Votrian ... George Pasmonick (as Peter Votrian)
George J. Lewis ... Father Larocca
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Storyline

When ex-cop Steve Rollins is released from San Quentin after five years, his only thoughts are of revenge on the men who framed him for manslaughter. Back in San Francisco, his quest for the truth brings him up against ruthless waterfront gang boss Victor Amato. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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An ex-cop, a "sometimes" sweetheart, a gang-lord of the Golden Gate! The blistering story of a fall-guy who got up - just in time! See more »


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Trivia

The interior police station set is the same one used for Rebel Without A Cause (1955) which was released 2 months earlier. See more »

Quotes

Joe Lye: Think the old man will be getting here pretty soon?
Victor Amato: Why? You got something better to do?
Joe Lye: I didn't say so.
Victor Amato: That broken-down movie star waiting outside?
Joe Lye: She's retired, not broken-down.
Victor Amato: Sensitive about that tomato, ain't ya?
Joe Lye: Oh, Kay's alright.
Victor Amato: Good-looking?
Joe Lye: So-so.
Victor Amato: That where you were? Her apartment?
[...]
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Soundtracks

They Very Thought Of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music and words Ray Noble
Sung by Joanne Dru in the nightclub (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams)
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Robinson outshines a wooden Ladd and the wide open spaces.
17 July 1999 | by Ale fishSee all my reviews

Edward G Robinson dismissed this one with a passing comment in his autobiography and it's not hard to see why. He exudes menace in the classic 'Little Caesar' manner and his interplay with the underrated Paul Stewart does have a touch of real quality. However, Cinemascope is not a process designed for urban thrillers and the wide open spaces rob the film of any sense of tension or claustrophobia. The greatest weakness, however, lies in Ladd's robotic performance. His boredom is evident throughout and the lacklustre supporting cast do little to help. In the end Robinson is left out on his own, gat in hand, the true professional giving it all he's got.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Darkest Hour See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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