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Over-Exposed (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | April 1956 (USA)
Sexy blonde dance club girl learns the photography trade and moves to New York in pursuit of a new career.


Lewis Seiler


James Gunn (screen play), Gil Orlovitz (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cleo Moore ... Lila Crane
Richard Crenna ... Russell Bassett
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Payton Grange
Raymond Greenleaf ... Max West
Constance Towers ... Shirley Thomas (as Shirley Thomas)
James O'Rear James O'Rear ... Roy Carver
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Coco Fields
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Horace Sutherland
Jeanne Cooper ... Renee
Jack Albertson ... Les Bauer
Edna Holland ... Mrs. Gulick (as Edna M. Holland)
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Jerry
Eddie Parker ... Matt (as Edwin Parker)
Geraldine Hall Geraldine Hall ... Martha
Voltaire Perkins Voltaire Perkins ... Judge Evans


Sexy blonde dance club girl learns the photography trade and moves to New York in pursuit of a new career.

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CLEO MOORE The Most EXCITING FIGURE SINCE MARILYN MONROE NUFF SAID! (original print ad - almost all caps) See more »


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'arma del ricatto See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The camera.man in the first scene, goes to the trouble of replacing the flash bulbs for the three photos taken, but the large format of the camera would require either flipping the film holder over between the first and second or complete replacement on each. He never touches the film holder. See more »


Lila appears on a New York City-based TV show aired by KXIV; in reality, all east coast TV/radio stations are prefaced by the letter W. Stations prefaced by letter K are in the west. See more »


Russell Bassett: [as Basset and West commiserate in the bar, after Basset calls to Steve, the bartender] Another round?
Max West: No, no thanks. I uh, I haven't been drinking as much since I first met Lila.
Russell Bassett: That's odd. I've been drinking more.
Max West: Well, on second thought, I...
Russell Bassett: [as Steve arrives in front of them ] Two more, Steve.
Steve the Bartender: [as he takes away their empty glasses] Comin' up.
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Some nice edgy stuff between the falters and the camp...worth watching!
25 February 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Over-Exposed (1956)

"You'd use your grandmother's bones to pry open a cash register." That's the best line in "Over-Exposed," a surprisingly solid crime and ambition (and cheesecake) movie. But then, the second best line is when the leading bleach blonde model/photographer played by Cleo Moore has made it big, and she says, "Green becomes me."

This is a better movie than it could have been, with little known cast and crew and a story that seems at a glance to be a cross between formulaic gangster and splashy girl-photographer with some spunk. There is a love interest (a really nice guy who sees through our heroine's hard gloss to a decent kid inside) who comes and goes and seems to a lifeline to her salvation. But the real lure overall is success and money, which is found at a nightclub run by classy thugs. The movie remains a bit cheesy throughout, however, letting Lila be a club photographer wearing scant clothes, kind of like a cigarette girls did in those days.

One of the surprises was how central and accurate the photography was to the whole movie, start to finish, and I'm not talking cinematography, which was good, but the role of the photography in the plot, including shooting and developing and retouching. And blackmail, by the end. The friendly old man photographer at the start is a strong balance to the wayward and snippy young girl (Moore), and the two end up helping each other throughout.

So there is a lot going on, actually, and it's pretty well done in the main, with those occasional hiccups of a lower budget enterprise. Look for Constance Towers, who later made fame in a couple of hard hitting Sam Fuller movies (like "Naked Kiss"). Give this one a go. And know that the second half is more exciting than the first.

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