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George Raft
Director: Roy Del Ruth Cast: George Raft
George Raft
, Virginia Mayo
Virginia Mayo
, Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
Roy Del Ruth

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Overview

Infused with religious themes, this crime drama is considered a minor example of film noir. Set in Los Angeles, it tells the grim story of vengeful embezzler Nick Cherney, who plots murderous revenge after he is fired from Johnny Torno's freight company. He gets it by killing Johnny's brother Jess, a chaplain who has just returned from the war. Johnny arrives at the hotel room of his brother Jess and finds him dying. Just before Jess expires he tells Johnny that the identity of his killer can be found in his Bible. Though every hotel room has a Bible, the one belonging in his brother's is missing. Though his girl friend, the priest and the police warn against a private investigation, Johnny ignores their advice and goes looking for that Good Book. His girl friend goes along with him. Before they go, they leave Warni Hazard in charge of the freight company. Nick Cherney shows up and takes off after Hazard who flees until finding safety beneath the tires of an enormous trailer. Nick sees him cowering there and in the film's most shocking sequence, coolly kicks one of the jacks holding up the trailer and while Hazard is crushed, Nick calmly takes a drag on his cigarette. Meanwhile, Johnny and his gal finally find the Bible and see that Jess had underlined a couple of verses that seem to suggest that Johnny leave the matter of revenge in God's hands. Johnny pays no heed to the message until the story's grim climax.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2014
UPC: 0883316958261
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 28,006

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Raft John Torno
Virginia Mayo Carla North
Raymond Burr Nick Cherney
Gene Lockhart Warni Hazard
Barton MacLane Strecker
Arthur Franz Jess Torno
Henry Morgan Rocky
Phillip Pine Pablo
Arthur Shields Father Raymond
Paul H. Frees Bellhop
Edwin Max Ben Appleton
Claire Carleton Waitress
Frank Orth Stoner
Robert Espinosa Miguel
Soledad Jiminez Pablo's Mother
Edward Gargan Truck Driver
Polly Moran Chambermaid
William "Bill" Phillips Ryan
Ken Murray Actor
Stanley Clements Actor
William Frawley Actor
Maria [Movita] Castaneda Trina

Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director,Producer
George Callahan Screenwriter
Mel Dellar Asst. Director
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Charles Grayson Screenwriter
Victor Heerman Editor
Richard V. Heermance Editor
Jack Masters Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert H. Moreland Special Effects
Edward Ray Robinson Set Decoration/Design
F. Paul Sylos Art Director
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Webster Sound/Sound Designer

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