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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 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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A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

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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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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Selena Royle. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene with Patsy Flint at the bar, her beauty mark (mole) is shown by her right eye; the 2nd scene with Patsy in her apartment shows the beauty mark next to her left eye. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Jumbled
15 December 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The best thing about this jumbled programmer is the intimidating snowstorm Detective Patrick (Langton) has to slog through. I almost went to the closet for my parka. The movie's main draw now, I expect, is Hollywood bad girl Barbara Payton's final movie. Too bad she couldn't work up some emotion. Outside of her sweaters, it's hard to see how veteran cop Patrick could fall for her so quickly, and jeopardize his career, to boot.

All in all, you may need a scorecard to track the convoluted plot—something about who's killed whom and whether the dead are really dead. It may also help to turn off your sense of disbelief when you turn on the movie. Anyhow, Patrick's got 77-minutes to figure it all out. Langton's fine in the lead role, while Tracey Roberts makes for an intriguing mystery woman. I wish Roberts had made more movies; she's definitely a distinctive presence.

Five years earlier and I expect cult director Ulmer would have delivered an atmospheric noir. But not here. The lighting and photography are strictly pedestrian, and it's anybody's guess why. In my book, the results amount to forgettable 50's crime drama.There are a couple of noir earmarks-- a compromised fall guy, a half spider woman-- but crucially there's no noirish mood that might implicate the ambivalent nature of reality itself.

Too bad the star-crossed Payton didn't go out on a stronger note. Still, she looks bored with the whole procedure, so maybe it's just as well.


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