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Murder Is My Beat (1955)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery | 27 February 1955 (USA)
A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Aubrey Wisberg (screenplay), Aubrey Wisberg (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Langton ... Ray Patrick
Barbara Payton ... Eden Lane
Robert Shayne ... Police Captain Bert Rawley
Selena Royle ... Beatrice Abbott
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Abbott
Tracey Roberts ... Patsy Flint (as Tracy Roberts)
Kate MacKenna Kate MacKenna ... Miss Sparrow (as Kate McKenna)
Harry Harvey ... Gas Station Attendant (as Henry W. Harvey Sr.)
Jay Adler ... Bartender Louie
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Storyline

When a man is found with his face destroyed by fire in a fireplace, the prominent Police Detective Ray Patrick is assigned to the case. Soon he captures the singer Eden Lane, who was the man's mistress, and solves the case. Eden is sentenced to prison and while Ray is transporting her by train, she claims that she has just seen her lover alive in a train station. Ray believes the woman and helps her to escape to hunt the man. Meanwhile Police Captain Bert Rawley hunts the couple down. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Film-Noir | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Chance See more »

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Production Co:

Masthead Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Barbara Payton. See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Rawley goes to the motor court to get Det. Patrick at the beginning of the film, the exterior location shot shows Rawley looking though the window of the cabin at Patrick inside. In the next obviously studio shot, the window and frame are completely different. See more »

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Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Murder Is My Beat (1955)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A detective chases down an accused murderess, but en route to prison he begins to have his doubts. Although another ultra-low-budget (including some of the shoddiest rear projection work I've ever seen) noir from Ulmer, early hopes that this might be another DETOUR were dashed. Like RUTHLESS, it's something of a disappointment. For the first half it seems to be going somewhere, but then it loses traction and meanders towards an unsatisfying conclusion. However, Ulmer pulls off a few terrific moments (especially those regarding trains), and I do think the first half is quite compelling. Paul Langton makes for a good leading man, with something of a Jean Gabin quality. More notably, this is the final appearance of the tragic Barbara Payton, whose work I've previously praised in TRAPPED and KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE. Her melancholy, passive performance here is pretty much the polar opposite of Ann Savage, but her vulnerability is an asset. I need to check out more of her films. The film definitely leaves something to be desired, but it has some charm and talent in it.


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