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Models Inc. (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 July 1952 (UK)
A young woman gets involved in a racket in which beautiful young models marry for money.

Director:

Reginald Le Borg

Writers:

Alyce Canfield (story and adaptation), Harry Essex (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Howard Duff ... Lennie Stone
Coleen Gray ... Rusty Faraday
John Howard ... John Stafford
Marjorie Reynolds ... Peggy Howard
Louis Jean Heydt ... Cronin
Edwin Max ... Louie - Bartender (as Ed Max)
Benny Baker ... Freddy
James Seay ... Det. Sgt. Mooney
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Big Jim
Sue Carlton Sue Carlton ... Ann
Lou Lubin ... Max
Paula Hill Paula Hill ... Millie (as Mary Hill)
Frank Ferguson ... Joe Reynolds - the Banker
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A young woman gets involved in a racket in which beautiful young models marry for money.

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Taglines:

BEAUTIFUL MODEL JUMPS TO DEATH! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I gangsters della 5 Avenue See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jack Dietz Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movies playing at Santa Monica's Majestic Theatre (1:06) are Flame of Araby (1951) and Distant Drums (1951), both December 1951 releases, which give a pretty close idea of when this one was filmed. See more »

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From models to murder
24 November 2015 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

Coleen Gray's gold-digging Rusty starts out by blackmailing her married lover, then sees opportunities in a model agency that's rehearsing in the same building. She's soon making a play for the boss, who falls for her, and everything seems fine until her old crooked partner Lennie, out on parole shows up. "We're a couple of first class heels who are made for each other". He decides to exploit the models by opening a photographic studio. It's not going to end happily.

The alternative title 'That Kind of Girl' is more accurate, as the narrative focuses on Rusty and Lennie, rather than being another expose of model agencies; the one here is entirely above board until his involvement. A routine and predictable story and the cheap production values prevent this from hitting the heights, but there's some snappy hard-boiled dialogue and the director works up some tension toward the end, with the final shoot-out well done. Howard Duff gives a convincing performance as the vicious Lennie, and Coleen Gray is effective as a woman who is not as smart as she thinks she is.


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