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Roses Are Red (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 November 1947 (USA)
A paroled convict who bears a striking resemblance to the local District Attorney is hired by the mob to impersonate him, while the real District Attorney is kidnapped and held captive at a secret location.

Director:

James Tinling

Writers:

Irving Elman (screenplay), Irving Elman (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Don Castle ... Robert A. Thorne / Don Carney
Peggy Knudsen ... Martha McCormack
Patricia Knight ... Jill Carney
Joe Sawyer ... Police Lt. Rocky Wall
Edward Keane ... Jim Locke
Jeff Chandler ... John Jones aka The Knuckle
Charles McGraw ... Duke Arno
Charles Lane ... Lipton
Paul Guilfoyle ... George 'Buster' Cooley
Douglas Fowley ... Ace Oliver (as Doug Fowley)
James Arness ... Ray (as James Aurness)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Kellard ... Interne (as Bob Stevens)
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Storyline

This script rode in right off of the range that had been ridden at least twice by Tim McCoy at Columbia. Writer Elmam did little other than moving it from a Western to a big-town Eastern. Don Castle plays a newly-elected district attorney but, just before he takes office, the town's crooked political boss (Edward Keane) has his henchies (including Jeff Chandler)kidnap him with intentions of replacing him with an ex-convict(Don Castle in a dual role) who is his exact double. While the D.A.'s double/replacement is studying his mannerisms where he is being held captive, the D.A. knocks out the double, takes his clothes and manages to fool the gang boss into thinking he is the ex-con. The henchies then kill the ex-con thinking he is the D.A. The latter continues to impersonate his double until he has set and sprung the trap on the gang boss and his minions. Peggy Knudsen plays the D.A's. fiance, Patricia Knight the wife of the ex-con and Joe Sawyer pops up as a crooked police official. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Roses are red - with the heart-blood of murder.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Equivocacion fatal See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Late Fox B
28 January 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is one of the movies made during the waning days of Sol Wurtzel's reign at Fox's B division. Don Castle plays a dual role: the newly elected DA and the newly released convict who looks just like him, so local Big Boss Edward Keane has a dark-haired Jeff Chandler kidnap the one and arrange for the other to study him for a substitution. However, they get into a fight, and Chandler shoots the wrong one, leaving Castle imitating himself imitating himself, while various subplots dead end against each other.

While 20th Century-Fox had the best B movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s, by the time this was made, they looked cheap; the long-time money-spinners like Charlie Chan and Jane Withers had gone, and the entire B division would be shut down within a year. Int he meantime, the pleasures available are watching older reliable actors like Paul Guilefoyle and Charles Lane (in a rare straight role) and untested youngsters like James Arness and Charles McGraw.


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