Rudolph Maté (1949)

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This may not be the best film noir of the immediate postwar period, but it's one of the most unusual - how many people get to hunt for their own murderer? Edmond O'Brien responds to that unenviable challenge with grim determination in this slow-burning thriller that perhaps takes a mite too long to catch light. But once the scene is set, director Rudolph Maté takes us on a tortuous journey through the less salubrious parts of Los Angeles. Moodily shot by Ernest Laszlo and with a cracking score by Dimitri Tiomkin, it stands up well to the 1988 Dennis Quaid remake.


A man discovers he has swallowed a slow-acting deadly poison in a drink and uses his remaining few hours on a tortuous journey through the seedy streets of Los Angeles to find out who gave it to him and why - but the culprit proves highly elusive. Thriller, starring Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler and Beverly Garland.

Cast & Crew

Frank Bigelow Edmond O'Brien
Paula Gibson Pamela Britton
Majak Luther Adler
Miss Foster Beverly Garland
Mrs Philips Lynne Baggett
Halliday William Ching
Stanley Philips Henry Hart
Chester Neville Brand
Director Rudolph Maté
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Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD