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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Knapp ... Steve Keenan
Linda Lawson Linda Lawson ... Gerri
Lisabeth Hush Lisabeth Hush ... Sandy
James Seay ... Harry Keenan
Mary Castle ... Laura Wallace
Barney Phillips ... Lucky
Richard Cowl Richard Cowl ... Chessner
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Jim Smiley
Art Lewis Art Lewis ... Mousie
Tom Gilson ... Junior
Emile Meyer ... Duncan
Nicholas King Nicholas King ... Georgie
Alfred Shelly Alfred Shelly ... Chessner Henchman
Elaine Drew Elaine Drew ... Sarcastic Woman at Bar
Ric Roman ... Lucky's Underworld Contact


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Crime | Drama







Release Date:

12 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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An unfairly neglected noir gem!
26 February 2018 | by waverboySee all my reviews

Hotheaded cynical loner cop Steve Keenan (Robert Knapp) starts getting anonymous threats from someone who's upset with the fact that he killed a gangster kingpin in self-defense. He's casually seeing a beautiful torch singer (of course!) named Gerri (Linda Lawson) who's in love with him and wishes he would commit to her, but nothing doing because he's still feeling burned about his ex Laura (Mary Castle) leaving him and taking up with the now-deceased gangster. His brother (and fellow cop) Harry (James Seay) tries to get him to take the threats seriously, but he just brushes them off until things start taking a deadly turn...

I loved this fast-paced little gem, with sincere performances, lots of snappy dialogue and a jazz bar named Lucky's. Never released on video in any format, but currently streaming on the Warner Archive channel. Watch it while you can!

Fave dialogue exchange:

Lecherous thug to pretty dame: "How 'bout I join ya, doll?" Pretty dame to lecherous thug: "Why, am I comin' apart?"

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