Dick Powell
Director: André De Toth Cast: Dick Powell
Dick Powell
, Lizabeth Scott
Lizabeth Scott
, Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt
André De Toth


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The darker side of the American dream is explored in the fascinating film noir Pitfall. Dick Powell stars as John Forbes, a successful insurance man with a trophy wife named Sue (Jane Wyatt) and a model child named Tommy (Jimmy Hunt). Despite all that he's achieved in life, Forbes feels somehow unfulfilled. During an attempt to recollect illegally purchased goods by a convicted bank robber, Forbes falls for his glamorous client Mona Stevens (Lizabeth Scott). When she "comes on" to him, it sparks an affair between them. Forbes suffers the pangs of guilt, a fact immediately capitalized upon by the seedy private eye MacDonald (Raymond Burr), who is upset because Mona has rejected him. If adultery has been committed, can murder be far behind? Many individual scenes in Pitfall are standouts, notably a brief moment wherein Forbes' son Tommy suffers a horrible nightmare -- in almost exactly the same manner that child actor Jimmy Hunt would endure a similar bad dream in 1953's Invaders from Mars.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2015
UPC: 0738329155322
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 36,669

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Eddie Muller; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Powell John Forbes
Lizabeth Scott Mona Stevens
Jane Wyatt Sue Forbes
Raymond Burr Mack MacDonald
Jimmy Hunt Tommy Forbes
Ann Doran Maggie
Selmar Jackson Ed Brawley
Margaret Wells Terry
Dick Wessel Desk Sergeant
John Litel District Attorney
Gig Young Bill Smiley
Byron Barr Bill Smiley

Technical Credits
André De Toth Director
Sam Bischoff Producer
Robert Cowan Makeup
Joseph Depew Asst. Director
Louis Forbes Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Kiva Hoffman Makeup
Karl Kamb Screenwriter
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Walter Thompson Editor
Frank Webster Sound/Sound Designer
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pitfall
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [9:22]
3. Chapter 3 [13:11]
4. Chapter 4 [9:46]
5. Chapter 5 [11:49]
6. Chapter 6 [13:19]
7. Chapter 7 [10:03]
8. Chapter 8 [10:38]
9. Chapter 9 [7:26]

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