6.8/10
1,787
47 user 21 critic

Desperate (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 20 June 1947 (USA)
A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Harry Essex (screenplay), Martin Rackin (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Side Street (1950)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, James Craig
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An obsessed cop tracks an elusive serial killer who strangles his victims on rainy nights.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey
Cornered (1945)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel
The Locket (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang exploiting illegal farm workers in southern California.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva
Film-Noir | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon-to-ship-out sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

Directors: Harold Clurman, William Cameron Menzies
Stars: Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams
Railroaded! (1947)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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
Stars: John Ireland, Sheila Ryan, Hugh Beaumont
The Threat (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Vicious hood 'Red' Kluger escapes from Folsom Prison and carries through on his threats to the detective who arrested him and the D.A. who got him convicted.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Michael O'Shea, Virginia Grey, Charles McGraw
Backfire (1950)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

While his wife is urging him to quit the force, a Los Angeles homicide detective hunts for the killer responsible for the murder of his ex-partner, who might have been on the take with local bookies.

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven
Roadblock (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director: Harold Daniels
Stars: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Brodie ... Steve Randall
Audrey Long ... Anne Randall
Raymond Burr ... Walt Radak
Douglas Fowley ... Pete Lavitch
William Challee ... Reynolds
Jason Robards Sr. ... Det. Lt. Louie Ferrari (as Jason Robards)
Freddie Steele Freddie Steele ... Shorty Abbott
Lee Frederick Lee Frederick ... Joe Daly
Paul E. Burns ... Uncle Jan
Ilka Grüning ... Aunt Klara (as Ilka Gruning)
Edit

Storyline

When mobster Walt Radak tries to trick independent trucker Steve Randall into transporting stolen furs, Steve alerts the police, and Walt's young brother Al is caught and held for a cop-killing. When ruthless Radak tries to extort Steve's help in clearing Al, Steve and his young wife flee for their lives, only to find that the police are also in pursuit. With every man's hand against them, Steve and Anne must repeatedly abandon their temporary refuges. Finally, one midnight, the showdown... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Adventure into the Unkown! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film noir "heavy" role for Raymond Burr, and only his third credited film. He would appear as the bad guy in many more films, most notably in Rear Window (1954) until his change to the other side of the law in Perry Mason (1957) and Ironside (1967). See more »

Goofs

When Anne is on the train, she reads a newspaper about the warehouse holdup. The first paragraph below the headline is about the robbery, but the rest of the column is about something else entirely. See more »

Quotes

Policeman with Lt. Ferrari: [Referring to Radak] Say, Lieutenant, he must have died right at the stroke of midnight. What date'll I use?
Det. Lt. Louie Ferrari: [Indifferently] Toss a coin.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Desperate: Mediocre Noir, Incredible Lighting
24 November 2007 | by regular14See all my reviews

Desperate is a film about a wrongfully accused man running to keep his life, his wife safe, and at the same time trying to clear his name.

The storyline itself has a few too many holes to really make it to the top of any Best noir list. Certain sequences just don't add up logically. One scene of the police showing up at the gangster's hideout, i can't quite figure out how they knew where it was.

The film's lighting though, is classic, classic noir. In the beginning of the film there's a scene where our hero is captured and beaten by the gangsters and overhead light is hit and sways back and forth, words can't well describe the lighting's beauty in the film, but my god there is beauty.

It seems to be on TCM, which is where i just watched it, so i'd say check it out if you love noir. Not to mention a short runtime of 75 minutes.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed