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Crime Wave (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 March 1954 (USA)
Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director:

André De Toth

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screen play), Bernard Gordon (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Det. Lt. Sims
Gene Nelson ... Steve Lacey
Phyllis Kirk ... Ellen Lacey
Ted de Corsia ... 'Doc' Penny
Charles Bronson ... Ben Hastings (as Charles Buchinsky)
Jay Novello ... Dr. Otto Hessler
Nedrick Young ... Gat Morgan (as Ned Young)
James Bell ... Daniel O'Keefe
Dub Taylor ... Gus Snider (as Dubb Taylor)
Gayle Kellogg Gayle Kellogg ... Detective Kelly
Mack Chandler Mack Chandler ... Detective Sully
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Storyline

Three San Quentin escapees (Penny, Hastings and Morgan) kill a cop in a gas-station holdup. Wounded, Morgan flees through black-shadowed streets to the handiest refuge: with former cellmate Steve Lacey, who's paroled, with a new life and lovely wife, and can't afford to be caught associating with old cronies. But homicide detective Sims wants to use Steve to help him catch Penny and Hastings, who in turn extort his help in a bank job. Is there no way out for Steve? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

...the squeeze was on from the killers and the cops! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Cry, Baby See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly director André De Toth was offered a 35-day shooting schedule, but he told the studio he could complete the film in 15 days. He finished in 13. See more »

Goofs

When Nedrick Young (as Gat Morgan) is first shot, he grabs his chest by the right pectoral. When he grabs his wound later, it has migrated to the lower center abdomen. See more »

Quotes

Steve Lacey: How come the smart guys are inside and the dopes outside?
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Soundtracks

'S Wonderful
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Doris Day on record
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Awesome Forgotten Crime Thriller!
3 September 2004 | by MetalBoiSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this little slice of film crime noir at the LACMA during the weekly Tuesday Matinée, and let me tell you, but for all the old ladies and grandpas in the theater I felt I had been transported back to the golden age of Los Angeles Film Noir. This title ranks up there with White Heat as one of the best crime thrillers using the City of Angels as its locale. After renting Kubrick's The Killing on DVD I jumped at the chance to see another heist film with Sterling Hayden, in my opinion the meanest S.O.B. Noir actor. He is awesome as usual in this movie with his characteristic scowl frozen on his face. Also for a film made half a century ago it has remarkably stood up to the test of time quite well. It's really a lean, mean little crime thriller. Please whoever owns the rights to this gem, release this forgotten classic on DVD!! You still have the chance to release a 50th anniversary edition this year!!


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