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The Come On (1956)

Unscrupulous con woman gets involved in murder.


Russell Birdwell


Whitman Chambers (novel), Whitman Chambers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Anne Baxter ... Rita Kendrick
Sterling Hayden ... Dave Arnold
John Hoyt ... Harold King, alias Harley Kendrick
Jesse White ... J.J. McGonigle
Wally Cassell ... Tony (as Walter Cassell)
Alex Gerry ... Larry Chalmers
Paul Picerni ... Jannings, assistant D.A.
Theodore Newton ... Detective Capt. Getz
Karolee Kelly Karolee Kelly ... Julie, Tony's girl
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Detective Hogan
Lee Turnbull Lee Turnbull ... Detective Tinney


Unscrupulous con woman gets involved in murder.

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She's Dynamite! She's Deadly! The CONFIDENCE Girl! See more »


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Release Date:

16 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Am Strand der Sünde See more »

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Perspecta Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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'50s noir
7 October 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Before I start, I'd like to call out 'melvelvit-1' - obviously a male - who refers in his review to Anne Baxter as "no spring chicken." She was 32. Get a life.

"The Come On" is a low-budget noir starring Baxter, Sterling Hayden, John Hoyt, and Jesse White. Baxter plays Rita, who meets Dave (Hayden) on the beach. There's immediate electricity, but meeting her in a nightclub later on, he finds out the man she's with, Harold (Hoyt) is her husband. He loses interest. Later she explains her situation - she grew up poor and is not married to Harold. They work cons together for big money, and she stays in the best hotels, wears the most beautiful clothes, travels first class - and she likes it that way.

Rita doesn't fool around - she's in love with Dave and tells him that to keep her on a string, Hoyt is keeping money she's owed from her. Of course, should he die...well, we've all seen that before.

The whole thing becomes convoluted with blackmail, lies, and betrayal.

Routine stuff, with Bancroft effective as a femme fatale. Hayden just never does it for me, he always comes off as stiff and monotonal, though he does have a certain presence. Jesse White is great as a sleazy detective, and Hoyt gives a good performance as the controlling and vicious Harold.

Entertaining if not exceptional.

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