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Accused of Murder (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 December 1956 (USA)
Police detective falls for singer, gets involved with gangster killing.

Director:

Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)

Writers:

Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) (as Bob Williams), W.R. Burnett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Brian ... Police Lt. Roy Hargis
Vera Ralston ... Ilona Vance
Sidney Blackmer ... Frank Hobart
Virginia Grey ... Sandra Lamoreaux
Warren Stevens ... Stan 'Scarface' Wilbo
Lee Van Cleef ... Police Sgt. Emmett Lackey
Barry Kelley ... Police Capt. Art Smedley
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Chad Bayless
Frank Puglia ... Cesar Cipriano
Elisha Cook Jr. ... 'Whitey' Pollock
Ian MacDonald ... Trumbull
Greta Thyssen ... Myra Bayless
Claire Carleton ... Marge Harris
Hank Worden ... Les Fuller
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Storyline

When gangland lawyer Frank Hobart is murdered there are two suspects, Ilona Vanve , beautiful nightclub singer, and a hood named Stan , who has been hired by underworld boss Chad Bayliss to kill Hobart. Attracted to Ilona, Lt. Detective Roy Hargis tries to protect her in spite of the growing evidence against her and the pressure put on him by his assistant, Sergeant Lackey. Hargis thinks the case has broken when a dance-hall girl, Sandra Lamoreaux , who saw Stan at the scene of the murder, tries to use this information to blackmail him, and is badly beaten. She manages to talk to Hargis, and her story brings about Stan's capture and conviction for murder. But he didn't do it. It is now up to Hargis to either clear or convict Ilona. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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trucolor | based on novel | See All (2) »

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FRAMED...she battled for life and love!


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schach dem Mörder See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

YOU'RE IN LOVE
Music by Buddy Bregman
Words by Herb Newman
Arranged by R. Dale Butts (uncredited)
Sung by Vera Ralston (dubbed)
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Forgettable: That's What You Are...
6 February 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Vera Hruba Ralston is a nightclub singer who has just had her opening night. Sidney Blackmer, a lawyer who's been stealing from the mob, asks her to marry him, but she doesn't love him. Mob boss Richard Karlan tells Warren Stevens to kill him, and he does so... with dance hall hostess Virginia Grey spotting him on the street just after the shot is fired. When homicide detectives David Brian and Lee van Cleef start investigating, the trail leads them immediately to Miss Ralston. Their problem is that the story she tells is not the story shown on the screen, nor does it match up their background checks.... and Miss Grey's attempts to blackmail a killer are not as smart as she would imagine....

It's wide screen and color and from a story by W.R. Burnett and shows promise, but director Joseph Kane doesn't know how to direct the scenes for the sexual heat that Burnett's story demands, so the abrupt changes are a bit cringeworthy. Still, there's a good scene with Elisha Cook Jr. as a sweaty alky and Frank Puglia is rather sweet as a sympathetic night club owner. There's not a spot of chemistry between the leads, however, and the result is a sub-par time waster.


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