A female inmate is whisked out of prison and into a police guarded hotel until the district attorney can convince her to testify against the mob in the upcoming trial.


Phil Karlson


William Bowers (screenplay), Leonard Kantor (play) (as Lenard Kantor)





Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Sherry Conley
Edward G. Robinson ... Lloyd Hallett
Brian Keith ... Vince Striker
Lucy Marlow ... Prison Girl
Lorne Greene ... Benjamin Costain
Katherine Anderson Katherine Anderson ... Mrs. Willoughby
Allen Nourse Allen Nourse ... Marvin Rickles
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Fred Packer
Doye O'Dell ... Mississippi Mac
Eve McVeagh ... Clara Moran


Sherry Conley, a street tough and cynical woman with an unhappy family background, is taken from prison to a hotel, where the DA tries to convince her to testify against a mobster. Sherry is reluctant because the last witness was murdered before he made it to the stand, and why should she stick her neck out? At the hotel, several attempts are made on her life, and she falls for Vince, the policemen guarding her. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Out to make a killing - even if Ginger has to die for it! See more »


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In reality, a witness in a federal court trial would be under the protection of the U.S. Marshals service. See more »


Vince Striker: You can relax, honey.
Sherry Conley: Well, thanks, I intend to.
Vince Striker: 'Cause I could come back from ten years alone on the moon, half crazy, and watch you swimming and stripped at the Y for hours and walk out of there with no thoughts in my head except where I could get myself a good meal.
Sherry Conley: Now, that was a crummy thing to say.
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Referenced in A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954) See more »


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Performed by Doye O'Dell and his band during the telethon
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"There's Never Been a Gal Like Sal From Texas Valley!"
24 August 2001 | by the_old_romanSee all my reviews

Tight police drama with D.A. Edward G. Robinson trying to protect witness Ginger Rogers from the clutches of evil crime lord Lorne Greene. Rogers and Robinson are both marvelously vulnerable beneath their complementary tough exteriors. The direction is tense throughout. The film makes excellent use of its claustrophobic environs. Brian Keith is also very good as a tough cop.

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Release Date:

15 July 1955 (France) See more »

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Dead Pigeon See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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