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Tight Spot (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 July 1955 (France)
A female inmate is whisked out of prison and into a police guarded hotel until the district attorney can convince her to testify against the mob in the upcoming trial.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), Leonard Kantor (play) (as Lenard Kantor)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Sherry Conley
Edward G. Robinson ... Lloyd Hallett
Brian Keith ... Vince Striker
Lucy Marlow ... Prison Girl
Lorne Greene ... Benjamin Costain
Katherine Anderson Katherine Anderson ... Mrs. Willoughby
Allen Nourse Allen Nourse ... Marvin Rickles
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Fred Packer
Doye O'Dell ... Mississippi Mac
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Clara Moran
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Storyline

Sherry Conley, a street tough and cynical woman with an unhappy family background, is taken from prison to a hotel, where the DA tries to convince her to testify against a mobster. Sherry is reluctant because the last witness was murdered before he made it to the stand, and why should she stick her neck out? At the hotel, several attempts are made on her life, and she falls for Vince, the policemen guarding her. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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SHE: "Is that blood?" HE: "I took two bullets through the chest, ma'am. Just routine." See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Pigeon See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In reality, a witness in a federal court trial would be under the protection of the U.S. Marshals service. See more »

Quotes

Lloyd Hallett: What possible difference could it make to you whether you move there or to the city jail?
Sherry Conley: Because movin' to the city jail is closer to the witness stand which is exactly the last place in the world I've decided I'm gonna be.
Lloyd Hallett: So that's really it then, isn't it?
Sherry Conley: Yeah.
Lloyd Hallett: Doesn't make any difference about the city jail. You've simply decided that as far as you're concerned everybody else can go hang.
Sherry Conley: You mean I've been keepin' this a secret from ya?
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Connections

Referenced in A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl from Cactus Valley
(uncredited)
Performed by Doye O'Dell and his band during the telethon
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Another "heart of gold" moll
14 October 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Ginger Rogers, who was usually more glamorous in her movie roles, invades territory normally occupied by Claire Trevor or Veda Ann Borg. She's a good time gal who happens to be on a pleasure cruise with mob boss Lorne Greene and Greene has smuggled another gangster into the country. U.S. Attorney Edward G. Robinson is seeking to deport Greene.

Greene's enemies have a habit of ending up dead. And our story begins with conflicted cop Brian Keith assigned to protect Ginger as Robinson tries to convince her to testify.

Rogers's career was on the downside here, but she's still a dynamite presence on the screen. Robinson and Keith are solid here and who would have thunk of Ben Cartright as a mobster.

Nice film, tightly edited, not a wasted frame in it.


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