The Woman on Pier 13

The Woman on Pier 13

Robert Stevenson (1949)

PG Certificate


Our Score
When mogul Howard Hughes seized control of RKO, one of his credos was to use the studio and its product as an anti-communist tool, and this moody and suspenseful thriller was the first fruit of his labours. Originally previewed as I Married a Communist, the plot premise is ostensibly that of a shipyard boss being blackmailed over past affiliations. Interestingly, real-life liberal Robert Ryan plays the "hero". The mercifully short movie was plagued by Hughes's predilection for constant reshoots, so don't blame director Robert Stevenson (Mary Poppins) for what is, or isn't, on the screen. The film leaves a genuinely nasty taste in the mouth today, but is undeniably interesting as a social document of its time. Both Thomas Gomez (Force of Evil) and the lovely Laraine Day are extremely watchable, as is, of course, Ryan, but On the Waterfront was the movie which would deal with similar concerns definitively.


The life of a happily married shipping executive is turned upside-down with the arrival of an old flame who reveals a shocking secret worth killing for. Melodrama, starring Robert Ryan, Laraine Day, John Agar and Thomas Gomez.

Cast & Crew

Actor Robert Ryan
Actor Laraine Day
Actor John Agar
Actor Thomas Gomez
Director Robert Stevenson

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd