Robert Young
Director: Edward Dmytryk Cast: Robert Young
Robert Young
, Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
, Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
Edward Dmytryk


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This drama was one of the first major-studio efforts to confront anti-semitism (beating the Oscar-winning Gentleman's Agreement by several months), and it features a standout performance from Robert Ryan as a bigoted soldier on the run. Monty Montogomery (Ryan) is a violent and unstable soldier who, while out on a pass, goes on a drinking spree with three buddies, Floyd (Steve Brodie), Arthur (George A. Cooper), and Leroy (William Phipps). While boozing it up in a tavern, the four men meet Joseph Samuels (Sam Levene) and his girlfriend Ginny (Gloria Grahame), who invite the soldiers back to their apartment for a party. Monty, however, has a fierce hatred of Jews, and he later goes into a drunken rage in which he beats Joseph to death. Monty's friends can barely remember the incident through their liquor-shrouded memories, but they recall just enough to make themselves scarce when police detective Capt. Finlay (Robert Young) begins making the rounds looking for information on Joseph's murder. Sgt. Kelly (Robert Mitchum), a soldier who knows the four men, begins to suspect that something is up, and he works with Finlay and Ginny to help ferret out the killer in his ranks, while Monty kills Floyd when he becomes convinced that he's going to talk to the authorities. While director Edward Dmytryk showed real bravery in bringing this story to the screen, it had greater repercussions than he might have expected; the film's controversial themes led to Dmytryk's denunciation by the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy-era investigations of the 1950s; luckily, unlike other filmmakers who suffered similar accusations by HUAC, Dmytryk continued to work steadily through the '50s and '60s.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2014
UPC: 0888574096243
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 8,604

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Young Capt. Finlay
Robert Mitchum Sgt. Peter Kelley
Robert Ryan Monty Montgomery
Gloria Grahame Ginny Tremaine
Paul Kelly The Man
Sam Levene Joseph Samuels
Jacqueline White Mary Mitchell
Steve Brodie Floyd Bowers
Richard Benedict Bill Williams
William Phipps Leroy
Lex Barker Harry
Marlo Dwyer Miss Lewis
Kenneth MacDonald Major
Richard Powers Detective
Don Cadell Military Police
Bill Nind Waiter
George A. Cooper Arthur Mitchell
Carl Faulkner Deputy
Jay Norris M.P.
Robert Bray M.P.
George Turner M.P.
Allan Ray Soldier
George Meader Police Surgeon
Philip Morris Police Sergeant
Tom Keene Detective Dick
Harry Harvey Tenant

Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Harry Gerstad Editor
Alfred Herman Art Director
Roy Hunt Cinematographer
John Paxton Screenwriter
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Dore Schary Executive Producer
Adrian Scott Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
John Sturtevant Set Decoration/Design
John E. Tribby Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Webb Score Composer

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