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Railroaded! (1947)

A beautician and her crooked boyfriend attempt to rob the bookie operation located in the back room, but when the plan goes wrong, they frame an innocent man.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

John C. Higgins (screenplay), Gertrude Walker (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Ireland ... Duke Martin
Sheila Ryan ... Rosie Ryan
Hugh Beaumont ... Police Sgt. Mickey Ferguson
Jane Randolph ... Clara Calhoun
Ed Kelly Ed Kelly ... Steve Ryan
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Police Capt. MacTaggart
Clancy Cooper ... Detective Jim Chubb
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Marie Weston
Hermine Sterler ... Mrs. Ryan
Keefe Brasselle ... Cowie Kowalski
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Jackland Ainsworth
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Storyline

Sexy beautician Clara Calhoun, who has a bookie operation in her back room, connives with her boyfriend, mob collector Duke Martin, to stage a robbery of the day's take. But the caper turns violent; a cop and Duke's partner are shot; and Duke arranges for innocent Steve Ryan, owner of the car they stole, to be framed. At first homicide detective Mickey Ferguson thinks Steve is guilty, despite his attraction to Steve's sister Rosie. And the suave but ruthless Duke won't hesitate to keep it that way with more of his perfumed bullets... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE FACE OF DANGER was the face of the man she loved! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncertain Guilt See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled and edited down to less than 30 minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950s as part of a syndicated half-hour mystery show. See more »

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Reading from a book, Jackland Ainsworth quotes, "Some women should be struck regularly - like gongs", adding, "That's from Oscar Wilde, you know." In fact, it's a quotation from Noel Coward's play, "Private Lives". See more »

Quotes

[Mrs Ryan takes a cake to her imprisoned son. The guard destroys it while checking it]
Mrs. Ryan: Oh, look what you are doing, ruining my cake. It isn't for you anyway.
Prison Guard: Sometimes people put guns in cakes.
Mrs. Ryan: How stupid! Who could eat a cake with a gun in it!
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References Quick Millions (1931) See more »

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Unknown film noir is definitely worth catching...
4 June 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

After watching RAILROADED, I'm convinced JOHN IRELAND could have taken his place alongside men like ROBERT MITCHUM doing grim little film noirs during the '40s. He's excellent as a tight-lipped gangster with a scowling expression as he methodically kills anyone double-crossing him or standing in his way. He knocks around his blonde girlfriend (JANE RANDOLPH) with woman-hating contempt and fires bullets with casual lack of concern for fatalities. In short, he makes an ideal film noir anti-hero.

HUGH BEAUMONT, known by most fans principally as Beaver's dad on TV, is only lukewarm as the detective who falls for SHIELAH RYAN and decides to help her track down the killer after Ireland frames her kid brother (ED KELLY) for the murder of a policeman. Their final fade-out kiss looks a little clumsy but--hey, the accent is on crime and action, not romance.

Anthony Mann does the best he can with a low-budget crime melodrama and turns it into a taut, well-made, shadowy film noir with Ireland showing his stuff as a ruthless gangster.

Summing up: Brisk and entertaining, it's well worth watching for fans of this genre.


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