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.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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THE WORD IS OUT! THE WORD IS "GREAT"! See more »


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Trivia

The story was inspired by Senator Estes Kefauver's tactics in coercing Virginia Hill to testify in the Bugsy Siegel prosecution. See more »

Quotes

TV Salesman: Have you considered what you would look like if you were to go completely bald?
Mrs. Willoughby: What?
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Connections

Referenced in A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954) See more »

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Give My Shoes to Cousin Helen
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Performed by Doye O'Dell and his band during the telethon
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Some defects but a good film.
19 June 1999 | by MargsMomSee all my reviews

As a big fan of Ginger Rogers', I think this film, although late in her career, is rather good. Of course with Edgar G. Robinson as the district attorney, there's no way this could be bad. The opening prison laundry scenes are more than a little hard to believe (after all, when was the last time you were in prison with perfectly manicured nails). Over all, drama and comedy nicely balanced.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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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