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(1953)

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According to an interview on US DVD, Jack L. Warner originally wanted Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner to star in the movie, but André De Toth vehemently protested this. Warner was fed up after a long argument and told De Toth he could make the movie any way he wanted, but it had to be in two weeks, which suited De Toth since he finished under schedule and under budget with his preferred star, Sterling Hayden.
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A few seconds of footage in Crime Wave are borrowed from Gun Crazy (1950). When suspects are rounded up following the attack on the gas station, there are police cars stopping by the entrance of a police station and letting out their suspects. This piece of footage can be seen in Gun Crazy (1950) aka Deadly Is The Female just after the payroll holdup, when police launch their dragnet. The police cars in this sequence are 1948 Fords, not the 1952 Fords seen in the newly filmed footage.
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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.
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Charles Bronson is billed as Charles Buchinsky
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The Bank of America, Glendale featured in the film was at Brand Blvd. & San Fernando Rd. The 100 block of S. Brand Blvd. can be seen in these scenes including the 1920 Glendale Theater, formerly at 122 S. Brand.
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Author James Ellroy names this as one of his favorite films.
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Although the movie was completed in 1952 (the calendar on the wall of the police station is turned to November 1952), it was not released until 1954.
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According to TCM Noir Alley, one of André De Toth's greatest talents as a Director was his extraordinary instinct for casting. His films often featured actors appearing in unexpected roles that in hind sight, seem inspired. For example, Gene Nelson, well known song-and-dance man, makes his only detour into Film Noir in Crime Wave, as lead Steve Lacey.
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Producer Bryan Foy would re-team director André De Toth and writer Crane Wilbur with actors Phyllis Kirk, Charles Bronson (Charles Buchinsky) and Nedrick Young for the 3D classic House of Wax (1953). Warner Bros. would finally release Crime Wave (1953) after House of Wax (1953).
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When Charles Buchinsky signed on as Crime Wave henchman Ben Hastings in 1952, he had never had a credited role in a movie. De Toth could be credited with discovering the man 20 years later Hollywood would know as one of it's biggest box office stars, Charles Bronson.
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At one point in the film actress/singer Doris Day's voice can be heard over the radio. Gene Nelson had previously done four films with Day including Tea for Two and Lullaby of Broadway.
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Shot in only thirteen days.
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Parole Officer Daniel O'Keefe, played by James Bell, drives a 1941 Buick Station Wagon.
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In the closing sequence, the now demolished Roosevelt Theatre @ 212 North Main can be plainly seen in the background.
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