6.8/10
353
20 user 4 critic

The Scarf (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 6 April 1951 (USA)
A man believe to have murdered a woman, escapes from the insane asylum to find if he was the one to actually kill her using the scarf she was wearing.

Director:

Ewald André Dupont (as E.A. Dupont)

Writers:

Ewald André Dupont (screenplay) (as E.A. Dupont), Isadore Goldsmith (story) (as I.G. Goldsmith) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a brutal police detective Lt. murders a bookmaker's runner for $25,000 in cash, a deaf mute sees him do it and now he finds he must kill again to cover his tracks.

Directors: Howard W. Koch, Edmond O'Brien
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, John Agar, Marla English
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man who is down on his luck falls in with a criminal.

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson
Bodyguard (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After being fired for insubordination, homicide detective Mike Carter is hired as bodyguard by the owner of a local meat-packing plant where a meat inspector has been murdered.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Priscilla Lane, Phillip Reed
The Hunted (1948)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A police detective investigating a jewel robbery discovers evidence that points to his girlfriend as the culprit, although she claims she was framed. He arrests her anyway, and she is ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bernhard
Stars: Preston Foster, Belita, Pierre Watkin
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An ex-convict and a woman fall in love, after she shoots her police Lt. boyfriend dead in self defense, and falsely leads him to believe that he did the shooting.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Lurene Tuttle
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In New York, a small-time hood, who took the rap for a murder committed by his crime-boss in exchange for 50 G's, faces deportation because he doesn't hold American citizenship.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Stars: Victor Mature, Terry Moore, William Bendix
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After her father is killed in an accident, mill heiress Deborah Chandler marries the plant manager, Selden Clark, but his motives are suspicious.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Ida Lupino, Stephen McNally, Howard Duff
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman plots revenge on her former boss.

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Hugo Haas, Cleo Moore, Lance Fuller
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During a conference-trip to L.A., an academic runs into an old-flame and into trouble with the police when she disappears, presumed murdered.

Director: Chester Erskine
Stars: William Powell, Shelley Winters, Marsha Hunt
Loophole (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A bank teller attempts to clear his name and rebuild his career after he is wrongly accused of theft.

Director: Harold D. Schuster
Stars: Barry Sullivan, Charles McGraw, Dorothy Malone
Deception (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
The Web (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An attorney acting as a body guard, apparently kills a man in defense of his employer's life, and later believes the victim was set up to be murdered.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Ella Raines, Edmond O'Brien, William Bendix
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Ireland ... John Howard Barrington
Mercedes McCambridge ... Connie Carter
James Barton ... Ezra Thompson
Emlyn Williams ... Dr. David Dunbar
Lloyd Gough ... Dr. Gordon
Basil Ruysdael ... Cyrus Barrington
David Wolfe ... Level Louie
Edit

Storyline

John Barrington escapes from an asylum for the criminally-insane and finds refuge on the ranch of turkey-raiser Ezra Thompson. Barrington, who has suffered from amnesia, finds his memory returning slightly and he sets out on his mission of learning the truth about whether or not he really murdered his sweetheart and is actually insane. He goes to Los Angeles to visit his oldest-and-best friend, psychiatrist David Dunbar, who was a witness to Barrington's crime. Dunbar repeats his story to Barrington, convinces Barrington that he did commit the crime, and then betrays him to the police. However, Thompson, Connie Carter and others are not totally convinced of Barrington's guilt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dungeon See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Level Louie's Bar is apparently in the 500 block of South Main Street, as the Gayety Theatre @ 523 South Main is directly across the street, thanks to a rear projection visible in several shots. The names of Randolph Scott and Don Ameche appear on the marquee; it was the Gayety's policy of listing the players rather than the titles of the films, on their readerboard. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Thompson: I came here fifteen years ago to be by myself. Haven't got a mirror in the place. Even my own reflection's too much company. Let me tell you something, you're either a fool, or you're bats. Does the word 'bats' means anything to you outside of baseball?
See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Rains
Music and lyrics by Sammy John DeFazio, Charles Milton Daniels (as Charles Milton Daniel) and Gilbert Hugh Hall
Performed by Mercedes McCambridge (uncredited)
[Connie sings the song several times at Level Louie's]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rare appearances by McCambridge, Ireland redeem far-fetched noir
5 July 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Two years after appearing in All The King's Men, John Ireland and Mercedes McCambridge reunite in The Scarf. Talented actors both, neither of them would enjoy, in number or in quality, movie roles commensurate with their gifts. A recondite find today, The Scarf could hardly have been much less so in 1951; under the `Gloria Productions' imprint, it fell to a German-born director of little reputation, E.A. Dupont.

But while not every emigrant from middle Europe was a Fritz Lang or Robert Siodmak or Billy Wilder, most had tradition behind them and a touch of inspiration, like John Brahm and Edgar G. Ulmer – and even Dupont. Though The Scarf starts off dead slow – a long, quasi-philosophical dialogue between a turkey-ranching hermit in the California desert (James Barton) and an escapee from an asylum for the criminally insane who has sought refuge with him (Ireland) – soon enough the movie picks up its pace and shows flashes of originality and style. The cinematography is by Frank (Franz) Planer, another refugee steeped in Expressionism who had behind, and ahead of, him several noirs.

Not coincidentally, the quickened pace comes with McCambridge's arrival, as a singing bar waitress who hitches a ride with Ireland. With her distinctive organ-pipe voice and her instinct for biting off her lines clean, she brings both quirkiness and force to this standard role (tough gal, good heart). Though some of her best known roles showed noir influences (All The King's Men, Johnny Guitar) she only appeared in two obscure noirs (Lightning Strikes Twice was the other). The cycle is poorer for her rarity.

The Scarf's plot, alas, falls under the rubric far-fetched. It involves Ireland's not quite remembering the crime for which he was committed – strangling a girl with her scarf – and a sinister psychologist ( Emlyn Williams) somehow in the employ of Ireland's powerful father. Dupont can't do much with the bulk of it (who could?), but along the way sneaks in some arresting sequences. The best occurs when McCambridge has been ordered to leave town on the 11 p.m. bus for Los Angeles; as she vacillates, looking down the dark road at the sign reading `sheriff's station,' it turns into a lure for her to sell out Ireland for the reward on his head, with `$5000" spelled out in beckoning neon.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed