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Behind Green Lights (1946)

Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.

Director:

Otto Brower

Writers:

Scott Darling (original screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling), Charles G. Booth (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Landis ... Janet Bradley
William Gargan ... Lt. Sam Carson
Richard Crane ... Johnny Williams - Reporter
Mary Anderson ... Nora Bard
John Ireland ... Det. Oppenheimer
Charles Russell ... Arthur Templeton
Roy Roberts ... Max Calvert
Mabel Paige ... Flossie
Stanley Prager ... Ruzinsky - Milkman
Charles Tannen ... Ames - Reporter
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Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Audácia de Criminoso See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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If the corpse when moved from the gurney to the closet was in a state of rigor mortis, it wouldn't have been pliable at all (the arm moved, for one thing). See more »

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Murder On Delivery
27 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's the graveyard shift, with night commander William Gargan holding down the fort. A car rolls up right in front of the station. Someone opens the car and a corpse falls out. It's Bernard Nedell with a bullet hole in him. He was a P.I. and blackmailer by trade, and one of the suspects is Carole Landis, whose father is up for election, so there's pressure to put her behind bars. Soon the case becomes ever more tangled....

It's an okay little flick, directed for speed by Otto Brower. Brower bounced between directing B pictures -- his westerns are lively affairs -- and being an assistant director on some pretty classy As, one of the highly competent craftsmen who never got the breaks, but was obviously known in the industry for his good work. Writer Scott Darling ekes out the short running time with eccentric characters: the guy who breaks out of jail so he can wrestle at an Elks smoker, the reporter who wears his grandfather's buffalo-skin coat, a kid whose head is trapped in a goldfish bowl (his mother wants it removed without breaking it), Mabel Paige as the flower seller who wants her $1.75 from the corpse, and iold-timer Tom Moore and J. Farrell MacDonald.

It's more a procedural that film noir, barring some eccentrically lit shots on an apartment stairs, and there are no early clues; everything breaks at once, with the motive revealed after the audience can figure out whodunnit. However, it's an example of the lively B movie that Fox could still turn out on a short budget, given the superfluity of talent available.


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