The Horatio Alger parable gets the film noir treatment with the redoubtable Edmund O’Brien as a whip-smart telephone technician who moves up the ladder of a Syndicate gambling empire in Southern California until distracted by an inconveniently married Joanne Dru and his own greed. Ripped from the headlines of the 1950 Kevaufer Organized Crime Hearings, this fast-moving picture is laden with location sequences shot in Los Angeles, the Hoover Dam and Palm Springs including the famous Doll House watering hole on North Palm Canyon Drive!

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • July 1, 1950



Cast 10

  1. Edmond O'Brien

    Edmond O'Brien
    Mal Granger

  2. Joanne Dru

    Joanne Dru
    Gail Mason

  3. Otto Kruger

    Otto Kruger
    Carl Stephans

  4. Barry Kelley

    Barry Kelley
    Vince Walters

  5. Dorothy Patrick

    Dorothy Patrick
    Trudy Maxwell

  6. Don Porter

    Don Porter
    Larry Mason

  7. Howard St. John

    Howard St. John
    Lieutenant Pete Wright

  8. Robert Osterloh
  9. Sammy White

    Sammy White
    Chippie Evans

  10. Cleo Moore

    Cleo Moore
    Mal's Date (uncredited)

Crew 7


  1. FP

    Franz Planer
    Director of Photography


  1. JM


  1. BJ

    Bert Jordan


  1. FN


  1. SK

    Sol Kaplan
    Original Music Composer


  1. RE
  2. FS

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