Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.
Spencer Tracy was very reluctant to perform double takes. He only believed in one take strategy. Director Sturges made accommodations with this.
You're a yellow-bellied Jap lover! Am I right or wrong?
John J. Macreedy: You're not only wrong. You're wrong at the top of your voice.
Coley Trimble: You don't like my voice?
At the beginning of the movie: The locomotive is an EMD FP7 (Electro-Motive Division of General Motors). This was not in production until June, 1949, The film takes place a few months after the end of World War II or late 1945 (listen closely to what the desk clerk at the hotel says.)
To receive an 'A' (PG) certificate in 1955 the UK cinema version was subject to heavy BBFC cuts. These included Macreedy striking Hector with the brass fire hose nozzle and the climactic shots of Reno on fire. Later TV showings and video releases were fully uncut.
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