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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.

Director:

Lee Sholem

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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tiki bar | singer | artist | murder | gun | See All (26) »

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THE WORST ACT A MAN CAN COMMIT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in five days even though the original schedule called for seven. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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No preparation
5 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Crime Against Joe is a modest noir thriller with much to be modest about. Red herrings as murder suspects are fine, but in this case too many were created in the story leaving a lot of loose ends in what should have been a more coherent script.

The title character is John Bromfield a returned Korean War veteran with a severe drinking problem. That's how we first meet him, living with mom Frances Morris and trying to become a painter. Another Toulouse L'Autrec, taller, less talented and as big a boozer.

But one night when Bromfield has had a snootful and gets a ride home from buddy Henry Calvin a cab driver, there's a murder of a woman and he's the number one suspect. Back in high school he was a big man on campus, but he's a flop now.

Here's where it goes completely haywire. From the town drunk he sobers up real fast and with the help of Julie London a rollerskating server and singer at a fast food place he puts the pieces together.

I knew Henry Calvin was in the cast. But the man with the girth best known as the rabblerouser from Ship Of Fools, the Wazir in Kismet and most of all Sergeant Garcia in Zorro is absolutely unrecognizable. That deep bass voice is not employed at all.

Granted this was a program filler, but little care was taken with the preparation of Crime Against Joe.


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