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Finger Man (1955)

An ex-con goes undercover for the government to "finger" the crime boss who made his sister a drug addict.

Director:

Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster)

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Norris Lipsius (story), John Lardner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Frank Lovejoy ... Casey Martin
Forrest Tucker ... Dutch Becker
Peggie Castle ... Gladys Baker
Timothy Carey ... Lou Terpe
John Cliff ... Johnny Cooper
William F. Leicester William F. Leicester ... Jim Rogers (as William Leicester)
Glen Gordon Glen Gordon ... Carlos Armor (as Glenn Gordon)
John Close John Close ... 'Big' Walters
Hugh Sanders ... Mr. Burns
Evelyn Eaton Evelyn Eaton ... Lucille Martin
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Fred Amory
Dorothy Green ... Candy
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Treasury agents, desperate to get evidence on syndicate kingpin Dutch Becker, give ex-con hood Casey Martin a choice...life in prison or courting sudden death as a government 'finger man.' Finding that his sister is now a drug addict thanks to Becker, Martin agrees to go undercover. Becker's chief aide proves to be sadistic Lou Terpe, Martin's former cellmate whom he can't stand the sight of. And the danger hanging over Martin expands to threaten those around him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"I put the finger on Public Enemy Number One!"


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The Yellow Taxi that drops off Casey in front of the warehouse is a 1953 Plymouth. See more »

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The law wants Casey Martin to finger Dutch Becker....and NO, this is not an 'adult film'!
31 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Times have changed and one of the stranger examples is the poorly named film "Finger Man". While today such a movie would clearly incite giggles (especially since it starred Frank Lovejoy), back in the day it was a taut crime drama...and perhaps one worth your time.

When the story begins, ex-con Casey Martin (Lovejoy) is identified as participating in a robbery. However, instead of locking him up, the authorities offer to give him a walk...if he'll help them catch the mobster, Dutch Becker (Forrest Tucker). Martin is no squealer...but when he learns that his sister is addicted to smack...heroin provided to her by Becker, Casey decides to help bring him to justice. As he puts it, it's a choice between 'life in prison or probably a bullet in the head! However, he goes very slow...very easy in order not to scare Dutch off and so that he'll win his trust.

While the film lacks the dark look and film angles used in classic film noir, it is tough enough to be noir...and the story is well worth seeing. Not among the very best crime films of the era, but still quite good. Lovejoy was a terrific actor--too bad he died so young.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

15 June 1955 (USA) See more »

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