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Decoy (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 September 1946 (USA)
A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash.

Director:

Jack Bernhard

Writers:

Nedrick Young (screenplay) (as Ned Young), Stanley Rubin (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Gillie ... Margot Shelby (as Miss Jean Gillie)
Edward Norris ... Jim Vincent
Robert Armstrong ... Frankie Olins
Herbert Rudley ... Dr. Lloyd L. Craig
Sheldon Leonard ... Police Sgt. Joe Portugal
Marjorie Woodworth ... Craig's Nurse
Philip Van Zandt ... Tommy (as Phil Van Zandt)
Carole Donne Carole Donne ... Waitress
John Shay John Shay ... Al
Bert Roach ... Mack - Bartender
Rosemary Bertrand Rosemary Bertrand ... Ruth
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Storyline

Gangster Frank Olins is to die in the gas chamber much to the dismay of his girlfriend Margot Shelby as he is carrying the secret of the location of $400,000 with him. Margot seduces gangster Jim Vincent to get him to engineer the removal of Olins' body from the prison immediately after he dies in the gas chamber. She takes prison doctor Craig away from his nurse/girl friend and gets him to administer an antidote for cyanide gas poisoning. During the removal of Olins' body, the hearse driver is killed by Tommy. The revived Olins gives Margot half of a map showing the money location and Vincent, in a fit of jealousy, kills Olins and takes the other half. Because the doctor's plates on his car will get them through the police roadblocks, Vincent and Margot take him with them on the money hunt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She Treats Men the Way They've Been Treating Women for Years!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Dillinger See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Joe walks into the bar, he pauses by the piano. The piano player raises his left hand off the keyboard to wave to Joe, but the piano music continues as if both his hands are still playing. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Joe Portugal: Don't let the face of yours go to your head.
Margot Shelby: Or to yours?
Sergeant Joe Portugal: It would matter if did... People who use pretty faces like you use yours, don't live very long anyway.
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"It's simple arithmetic."
8 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

What a great B movie. In the powerful opening minutes, a wounded man hitchhikes to a San Francisco hotel, where he shoots an unarmed woman (Jean Gillie) and dies. While she lay dying, the woman tells a police detective (Sheldon Leonard) the events that led up to this. Her killer was a doctor she had duped into helping her bring her executed convict boyfriend back to life (!) so she could find out where he had stashed some loot. All through her story, it becomes clear this woman is pretty heartless and sadistic.

Jean Gillie was married to this film's director. This was his attempt to make her a star. Unfortunately nobody really became a star making pictures for Monogram, no matter how good they may have been. A short time later the pair divorced and Gillie moved back to England. She died there of pneumonia at the age of 33, just 3 years after this was released. Gillie showed how much potential she had in this movie. It's a shame her life was cut so short. Nice to see Sheldon Leonard playing a detective. He was usually playing tough gangsters. He's plenty tough here, even if he is on the right side of the law. Edward Norris and Herbert Rudley are both good. Robert Armstrong, the biggest name in the picture at the time, has little screen time as the executed boyfriend but does well with what he has.

Exceptional film noir from Monogram, a Poverty Row studio not known for much that was exceptional. There are a lot of memorable moments in this one. The beginning and ending are really great. The atmospheric scene where Armstrong is brought back to life is another highlight. With a couple of changes this could have easily been turned into a horror movie like The Man They Could Not Hang. It's definitely one you'll want to check out.


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