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Vicki (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 October 1953 (USA)
The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm.

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Harry Horner

Writers:

Steve Fisher (novel), Dwight Taylor
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Jill Lynn
Jean Peters ... Vicki Lynn
Elliott Reid ... Steve Christopher
Richard Boone ... Lt. Ed Cornell
Max Showalter ... Larry Evans (as Casey Adams)
Alexander D'Arcy ... Robin Ray (as Alex D'Arcy)
Carl Betz ... Detective McDonald
Aaron Spelling ... Harry Williams
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Storyline

Supermodel Vicki Lynn, whose face is seen everywhere, is murdered, and ace homicide cop Ed Cornell cuts his vacation short to take the case personally. In flashback we see how Vicki rose from ambitious waitress to big black headlines, courtesy of clever publicity man Steve Christopher. Now Cornell seems determined to get Christopher convicted in what begins to seem like a bizarre personal vendetta. Is Steve caught like a rat in a trap? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"She Had Everything a Man Could Ever Want And Lived the Way No Woman Ever Should!" See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le crime était signé See more »

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Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On Vicki's bedroom wall is a print of the painting "Pinkie" by Thomas Lawrence. In 1949 Jeanne Crain (Jill Lynn) starred in the movie Pinky (1949). See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ed Cornell: When I put all my evidence together, I'll have you strapped in that chair so tight, you'll scream.
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Version of I Wake Up Screaming (1941) See more »

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Give Me the Simple Life
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Music by Rube Bloom
Played at the beginning of the first Club Capri sequence
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Feisty low budget rises above its material
29 January 2010 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Before it collapses under the weight of cliché and wooden performances Vicki is a suspenseful whodunit that keeps you second guessing most of the way. In a triumph of form over content this Laura lookalike is textbook economical story telling in its first half hour as tight editing and revealing composition give the film a well ordered pace and a handful of plausible suspects.

Overnight, cafeteria waitress Vicki (Jean Peters) becomes an instant celebrity when she catches the eye of an actor and a theatre critic who promote her. Confident and ambitious she sets her sights on Hollywood but is brutally murdered. An obsessive detective (Richard Boone) demands to be put on the case and his judgment and intent is soon called into question.

Vicki is filled with Freudian and fetish inferences. Suspect intent is ambiguous and the police are brutal in their methodology. All of the characters are petty and unremarkable which levels the playing field most of the way and allows the mystery to flourish. The imagery runs from striking to banal and some of the turns at the end defy logic but for the most part it does what a good mystery does-keep you in the dark for as long as possible.


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