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The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 February 1947 (USA)
Law-abiding Jimmy Ferguson soon regrets giving a ride to killer Steve Morgan.

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

Robert C. DuSoe (novel), Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Tierney ... Steve Morgan
Ted North ... Jimmy 'Fergie' Ferguson
Nan Leslie ... Beulah Zorn, alias Carol Demming
Betty Lawford ... Agnes Smith
Andrew Tombes ... Joe Brayden, Night Watchman
Harry Shannon ... Detective Owens, San Diego Police
Glen Vernon ... Jack Kenny, Gas Station Attendant
Marian Carr ... Diane Ferguson
William Gould ... Police Capt. Martin, San Diego Police
Josephine Whittell ... Diane's mother
Phil Warren Phil Warren ... Pete, Roadblock Motorcycle Cop
Robert Malcolm ... Deputy Sheriff Grover
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Storyline

Steve Morgan kills a man in a holdup and hitches a ride to Los Angeles with Fergie. At a gas station, they pick up two women. Encountering a roadblock, Morgan takes over and persuades the party to spend the night at an unoccupied beach house. The police close in as one by one, the others learn that Morgan is a killer. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He'll Kill until he Dies! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte Misteriosa See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Main attraction of this dark B feature is the magnificent meanness of Lawrence Tierney - at his glowering best
6 November 2007 | by BOUFSee all my reviews

A very enjoyable, mostly fast-paced film noir written & directed by Felix Feist, who also brought you This Woman Is Dangerous. FF doesn't muck around. The story of a murderous armed robber on the lam cracks along, and is full of snappy lines from all the characters - especially Lawrence Tierney, who clearly revels in his nastiness. Story gets a bit bogged down in a holiday house, and it's full of implausibilities, but it's also packed with a great supporting cast, who give it all they've got - even if what they've got tends to the fairly dumb at times..but hey, this is cheap and cheerful entertainment. Even Tierney's unremitting (and enjoyable) meanness is alleviated by the lively tone of the piece. Tierney by the way is the guy who plays Elaine's implacable dad in a classic episode of Seinfeld. However, his performances in the title roles of Dillinger and Born To Kill (both 1947) are chilling.


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