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A Bullet for Joey (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 April 1955 (UK)
In Montreal, a police inspector slowly discovers a plot to kidnap a nuclear physicist, American mobsters, foreign spies, and a blonde seductress, are all involved.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writers:

James Benson Nablo (story), Daniel Mainwaring (as Geoffrey Homes) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Inspector Raoul Leduc
George Raft ... Joe Victor aka Steiner
Audrey Totter ... Joyce Geary
George Dolenz ... Dr. Carl Macklin
Peter van Eyck ... Eric Hartman
Toni Gerry Toni Gerry ... Yvonne Temblay
William Bryant ... Jack Allen (as Bill Bryant)
John Cliff ... Morrie
Steven Geray ... Raphael Garcia
Joseph Vitale ... Nick Johonus
Sally Blane ... Marie Temblay
Peter Hansen ... Fred
Kaaren Verne ... Viveca Hartman (as Karen Verne)
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Dubois
Stan Malotte Stan Malotte ... Paul
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Storyline

Montreal: the former well-known gangster Joey Victor is fetched from Europe, where he was deported to from USA. His shall kidnap the nuclear physicist Dr. Macklin and bring him behind the Iron Curtain. Joey reactivates his old gang, including the formerly attractive Joyce. She shall seduce the erotically inexperienced Macklin and lure him out of his closely protected quarters. But the FBI becomes suspicious... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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THE SCREEN'S TOP "TOUGH GUYS" MEET FACE TO FACE! (original print ad - all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Canada's Great Manhunt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As the sedan carrying Nick and Morrie prepares to pass the telephone repair truck that the police are using for undercover purposes, the camera and several members of the crew are visibly reflected in the door of the truck. See more »

Quotes

Insp. Raoul Leduc: If we can get Macklin off this ship, you can save your neck.
Insp. Raoul Leduc: I'll see to it that you get a fair trial.
Joe Victor aka Steiner: Listen to him.
Joe Victor aka Steiner: If I get a fair trial I'm dead.
Joe Victor aka Steiner: What I need is an unfair trial.
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this is NOT film noir
22 October 2014 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I was drawn to this one, as many viewers were, by the presence of the great Edward G. Robinson and the legendary George Raft. However, not even their presence can salvage this stinker.

First off, one thing must be made clear: there seems to be, in reviews of this flick, the idea that any crime drama in black & white is "film noir," a phrase which is widely overused. This movie follows none of the conventions of film noir and cannot be called noir by any stretch of the imagination. Actually it seems to have the appearance of a made-for-TV drama.

Secondly, the script is simply atrocious. It is loaded with so many clichés, overripe formulations and contrived dialogue that it feels like it was written by Ed Wood. A leaden phrase like "Women are what make life a pleasure for men," comes to mind. What a howler!

Thirdly, anyone with any knowledge of espionage knows that, historically, neither the Nazis nor the Communists employed elements of the criminal underworld; such cannot be relied on.

Fourthly, this is as great an assemblage of lousy actors as I have ever seen in one flick. The level of acting is simply terrible, and that includes Robinson, who, as noted elsewhere here, phones in his performance. This is probably to be expected, with such a lousy script. Why he signed on to this effort is beyond me; he must have needed the money badly. And this flick also shows that Raft, despite his reputation, was no great actor. Audrey Totter is a familiar face, but she's nothing to write home about either.

Lastly, the concluding scene aboard the ship is so contrived, patched together and full of improbabilities as to defy belief.

To summarize in two words, skip it.


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