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Crime Against Joe (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 21 March 1956 (USA)
A disreputable Korean War veteran is suspected of murder.


Lee Sholem


Robert C. Dennis (screenplay), Decla Dunning (story)


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Complete credited cast:
John Bromfield ... Joe Manning
Julie London ... Frances 'Slacks' Bennett
Henry Calvin Henry Calvin ... Red Waller
Patricia Blair ... Christine 'Christy' Rowen (as Patricia Blake)
Joel Ashley Joel Ashley ... Philip Rowen
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Detective Sgt. Hollander (as Robert Keyes)
Alika Louis Alika Louis ... Irene Crescent
John Pickard ... Harry Dorn - Bartender
Frances Morris ... Nora Manning
Rhodes Reason ... George Niles
Mauritz Hugo ... Dr. Louis Tatreau - Psychiatrist
Joyce Jameson ... Gloria Wayne
Morgan Jones ... Luther Woods
James Parnell James Parnell ... Ralph Corey
Addison Richards ... District Attorney Roy Kasden


Joe Manning returned from the Korean War a changed man and became a Bohemian artist, supported by his understanding mother and distrusted by others. On a drunken binge, Joe flirts with torch singer Irene Crescent, who is later found dead by the hand of the town's serial killer...and Joe's the prime suspect. No one will help Joe except carhop 'Slacks'. Can they find the real killer before he finds them? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The body of what once was a beautiful singer is discovered... another girl is found screaming with hysteria... and suddenly... you are suspect no. 1!"'"; "'We've seen him again... staring at the girls!'"; "'String him up... he's no better than a wild animal!' See more »


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Release Date:

21 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Epiasan ton Fantoma See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Six of the characters are all supposed to have gone to high school together and graduated in 1945, yet the birth years of the six actors are 1913 (John Pickard), 1918 (Henry Calvin), 1922 (John Bromfield), 1923 (James Parnell), 1928 (Morgan Jones), and 1930 (Rhodes Reason), a 17-year time span. See more »


Joe is shown arriving at and leaving Pango Pango club in broad daylight, but the scenes preceding and following this sequence, together forming his drinking binge, take place in the middle of the night. The scene after leaving Pango Pango is revealed to take place at 2am, and it is later said he arrived at Pango Pango at midnight! See more »


[first lines]
[Joe is painting a picture of a woman in a negligee; he becomes frustrated, and paints a red slash over the painting]
Nora Manning: [his mother, Nora, enters.] Well, it's different...but is it art?
Joe Manning: Art? It's not even fit to hang in a barroom.
Nora Manning: I wish I looked as good...and I did, once.
[looking at the painting more closely.]
Nora Manning: What's wrong with it?
Joe Manning: I don't know, Nora. I don't know! I can see it in my head, but it doesn't come out on the canvas. I want her to have warmth, and humor, and wisdom...and ...
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Looking for a Man
by Paul Dunlap
Sung by Alika Louis (uncredited)
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I wasn't impressed
23 July 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

John Bromfield is Joe in "Crime Aganst Joe" a 1956 B film also featuring Julie London, Patricia Blair, Joyce Jameson, Alika Louis, Rhodes Reason and Henry Calvin. Bromfield plays an artist who lives off of his mother (Frances Morris) and laments not being able to find the perfect woman. When a bar singer (Louis) winds up dead after he's left the bar dead drunk, his high school pin is found next to her body. He then becomes a person of interest to the police. Joe has an alibi - he actually ran into a sleepwalker (Blair) and returned her to her home, but her father lies to the police about it. Joe is then arrested. Joe's waitress friend Slacks (London) lies to the police about seeing the singer with someone else, and Joe is released. He's determined to find out the identity of the killer - someone from his high school class.

Supposedly the story was by Decla Dunning and the script was by Robert C. Dennis. I'd love to know which one was responsible for the sleepwalker bit and that whole subplot of the overly possessive father who discourages his daughter's dates - it's a riot. That plot line just sort of died out and wasn't fully resolved. And that business of the high school pin...well, this is a pretty flimsy film, and I figured it out fairly quickly. It's made very cheaply, too - the sound in all the interiors has an echo. Julie London is slightly miscast as the waitress friend - if the singer hadn't gotten killed after just one song and a few lines, London would have been perfect for that role, and it would have given her a chance to be her usual glamorous self. The murdered singer, however, played by Alika Louis, is very attractive and a great type. Blair as the poor repressed sleepwalker is very pretty in full makeup and perfectly coiffed hair as she sleepwalks in her nightgown. Bromfield's acting is loud and not very good or believable, but I liked Frances Morris, who played his mother. Nice of her to support him, but from the looks of those canvasses, he wasn't going to be making much of a living painting.

Not very good.

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