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Roadblock (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 September 1951 (USA)
Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director:

Harold Daniels

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), George Bricker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles McGraw ... Joe Peters
Joan Dixon ... Diane Morley
Lowell Gilmore ... Kendall Webb
Louis Jean Heydt ... Harry Miller
Milburn Stone ... Ray Evans
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Storyline

An L.A. insurance detective starts to get involved with a girl he is increasingly attracted to, even though he sees her as a chiseller. She makes it clear that her tastes are too expensive for him, so he sets about getting a lot of money quickly if illegally. Perhaps too late, she starts to find that she is content with him just the way he is. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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BIG CRIME DEALS NETS COLD CASH...and Hot Lead See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walk a Crooked Mile See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

That half fare airline ticket that cost $70.64 in 1951 would cost $696.51 In 2018 dollars. Meaning full fare was $1393.02 in 2018 dollars. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Diane have finished breakfast at the motel, Joe lights Diane's cigarette and then puts the matches back in his shirt pocket twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Diane: Someday you're going to want something nice and expensive that you can't afford on a detective's salary.
Joe Peters: Like what?
Diane: Like me.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits seem to be an early attempt at creative credits where the credits try to fit the blacktop of the road we're "traveling" on. See more »


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So Swell of You
by Leona Davidson
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Nice to see McGraw in LOVE!
17 October 2006 | by charlesstewart1See all my reviews

I love this movie. I almost fell out of my chair the first time I saw it, 15 years ago on AMC. I could not believe McGraw was actually given a role like this. So often we see him as the heavy with a gun, not a woman, and we certainly never see him in love. He displays the right amount of angst and regret in this movie. The movie,though not great,is an example of what McGraw could do when given the right material and good direction. Too bad he was not given more roles like this. I have always felt that if McGraw had been with another studio, i.e.Warner Bros. which specialized in turning tough guys into leading men e.g. Cagney, Bogart,Raft, he would have had a better chance at becoming a leading man like the aforementioned actors,if not a more recognizable presence in movies. He certainly COULD have had more LEAD roles in "A" movies. Anyway, the movie is predictable in that you know Peters is not going to get away with the money. What is surprising or interesting is that the movie doesn't explain how Joe and Diane end up together. In one scene she is telling him he does not make enough money and a FEW scenes later she is smashing glasses in disgust and then professing her love for Joe. The ending is typical of movies of this sort. But it is an interesting movie in that we get to see "MAC" demonstrate feelings, probably for the first time in his career-no doubt due to his being typecast. Joan Dixon is okay as the female lead but I don't think she was the best choice. I guess she was given the role because Howard Hughes was "interested" in her career and was trying to mold her into another Jane Russell. Milburn Stone, Louis Jean Haydt (excellent character actor), and Lowell Gilmore (wonderful in "The Picture of Dorian Gray") are on the mark in their respective roles. Peter Brocco, the criminal at the beginning of the movie, is used to good effect here. (He and McGraw worked together in the "Narrow Margin" and "Spartucus". In fact,you can see the two talking in the latter during a gladiator film sequence; McGraw's "Marcellus" is stooped down talking to Brocco's character when he rises to watch the gladiators train). Mercedyz


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