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Trapped (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1949 (USA)
U.S. Treasury Department agents go after a ring of counterfeiters.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Earl Felton (story), George Zuckerman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Tris Stewart
Barbara Payton ... Meg Dixon
John Hoyt ... John Downey
James Todd James Todd ... Jack Sylvester
Russ Conway ... Chief Agent Gunby
Robert Karnes ... Agent Fred Foreman
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Storyline

The Secret Service of the US Treasury learns that a new batch of counterfeit bills has been in circulation using the plates that Tris Stewart, having completed three years of a ten year prison sentence, had used that led to his conviction. They are able to make a deal with Stewart, in consideration for early parole, to stage a "mock" escape so that he can help them locate the source of the counterfeit bills and hopefully recover the plates to shut down this counterfeit operation for good. In discovering that the plates had been sold by Stewart's deadbeat former partner Sam Hooker to one of their old associates, Jack Sylvester, Stewart may have other things on his mind, such as reconnecting with his old girlfriend, Meg Dixon, a nightclub cigarette girl who now goes by the professional name Laurie Fredericks, and together living off the proceeds that those plates and resulting counterfeit bills can provide. What happens with Stewart and Laurie will not only be affected by Sylvester and ... Written by Huggo

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WHEN A KILLER DREAMS OF MILLIONS...and a girl to spend them on! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Menschenfalle See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mrs. Flaherty's confiscated $20 in 1949 would be worth $211.80 in 2019 dollars, if it were not countetfeit. See more »

Goofs

Although realistic looking $20 bills are seen individually as both the real thing, and the counterfeit bills, when the moment of truth arrives, and the counterfeit inventory is handed over, the stash is obviously stage money. See more »

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A run of the mill crime thriller about counterfeiters
16 September 2012 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is not a film noir per se, though it has some nourish undercurrents and atmosphere. It is a bit of a downer because the lead is a scoundrel, his girl friend is a dolt, and there is not really anyone to admire. Lloyd Bridges plays the lead, and is more or less convincing, though hardly brilliant. But then the part gave him little scope anyway. The dame is Barbara Payton, who is not particularly enthralling. Payton had a terribly tragic life, dying at the age of only 39, after episodes of drug addiction, shop-lifting, and other symptoms of someone who was pretty totally messed-up. This film contains two remarkable and interesting film sequences, both shot on location. The first is inside the US Treasury in Washington, showing money being designed, processed and printed. (No mention of the Federal Reserve, so this is a bit puzzling.) The other is inside the large Los Angeles streetcar depot, where a dramatic chase and shootout take place. Streetcars must have been phased out not long afterwards, so this is rare footage. Bridges plays a jailed counterfeiter who is let out on condition that he exposes the people who are now 'using his plates' to print twenty dollar bills. A bewildering series of double-crosses and turning of tables takes place, all keeping one's attention, what with cops pretending to be crooks, and no one really knowing who is straight and who is not. John Hoyt is in this picture, as he was in so many others. He was a very nice man and did me a big favour when I was young. I was introduced to him by my very good aged friend of those days, Homer Croy, who wrote the Will Rogers movies, as Homer and Hoyt were old chums. Hoyt really did go out of his way to help people and was such a personable and pleasant person. I remember he wore a bow tie and was concerned to look smartly dressed. When I met him I had no idea of his film career, since there were no videos or DVDs in those days and hence no way to see old movies. Homer told me he was a well-known actor, but I had never heard of him at that time, since once a movie was out of the cinemas, it was gone gone gone. Even the stars rarely had cans of 35 mm of their finest work. Everything just disappeared into the vaults of the majors. I'm glad this film is no longer trapped in the vaults, despite its title. It was ably directed by Dick Fleischer and belongs in the canon along with the others.


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