Edward Dmytryk (1947)

A Certificate


Our Score
This terrific and neatly compressed thriller tells the story of four GIs, just back from the Second World War, who become involved in a murder. The GIs are Robert Ryan, Steve Brodie, George Cooper and William Phipps. Robert Young is the investigating detective, who enlists the help of another GI, Robert Mitchum, and Sam Levene is the victim. Gloria Grahame established her star credentials as a wisecracking dame who befriends murder suspect Cooper. Directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Adrian Scott (both were later blacklisted in the Communist witch-hunt), it's an impressive and gripping film, superbly performed by its stars. Richard Brooks's source novel made the victim a homosexual, but in the movie he's a Jew - at the time, not only a safer choice as far as censorship was concerned, but also more resonant in the aftermath of the war and considering Hollywood's own racial mix.


A homicide detective investigates the murder of a Jewish war veteran, becoming convinced the killer is one of a group of demobbed soldiers. An army sergeant is determined to root out the killer in his own ranks and prove the innocence of a friend. Drama set in the aftermath of the Second World War, starring Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, George Cooper, Robert Ryan and Gloria Grahame.

Cast & Crew

Finlay Robert Young (1)
Keeley Robert Mitchum
Montgomery Robert Ryan
Ginny Gloria Grahame
Mitchell George Cooper (2)
Floyd Steve Brodie
Leroy William Phipps
Joseph Samuels Sam Levene
The man Paul Kelly (1)
Mary Mitchell Jacqueline White
Bill Richard Benedict
Detective Tom Keene
Harry Lex Barker
Miss Lewis / Miss White Marlo Dwyer
Director Edward Dmytryk
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video