I Married a Communist

I Married a Communist

Director: Robert Stevenson Cast: Laraine Day, Robert Ryan, John Agar

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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There's propaganda aplenty in RKO's I Married a Communist, the first of producer Howard R. Hughes's many anti-Red broadsides. Robert Ryan plays shipping executive Brad Collins, whose youthful flirtations with certain left-wing causes have made him ripe for plucking by Commie cell leader Vanning (Thomas Gomez). Threatening to reveal Collins' "pinko" past, Vanning orders the executive to deliberately sabotage the shipping industry in the Frisco Bay area. Other characters essential to the plotline are Collins' wife Nan (Laraine Day), who knows nothing of her husband's politics, and his idealistic brother-in-law Don (John Agar) who spouts Marxist dogma at the drop of a hat. Apparently at a loss as to how to depict communist villainy, the screenwriters hark back on the gangster films of the 1930s, notably in the scene where a hapless stoolie (the inevitable Paul Guilfoyle) is taken for a ride. When the title I Married a Communist proved an audience turn-off during previews, the film was rechristened The Woman on Pier 13.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2009
UPC: 0883316225882
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:13:00
Sales rank: 24,577

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laraine Day Nan Collins
Robert Ryan Brad Collins
John Agar Don Lowry
Thomas Gomez Vanning
Janis Carter Christine
Richard Rober Jim Travis
William Talman Bailey
Paul E. Burns Arnold
Paul Guilfoyle Ralston
G. Pat Collins Charles Dover
Fred Graham Grip Wilson
Harry V. Cheshire Mr. Cornwall
Jack Stoney Garth
Iris Adrian Waitress
Don Brodie Drunk
Barry Brooks Burke
Charles Cane Hagen
Johnny Duncan Bellhop
Bess Flowers Secretary
William Haade Cahill
Louise Lane Girl
George Magrill Tough
Lester Matthews Dr. Dixon
Al Murphy Jeb
Jim Nolan Cop
Allan Ray Man
Dick Ryan Waiter at Cocktail Bar
Erskine Sanford Clerk

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
James Altwies Set Decoration/Design
Robert Hardy Andrews Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Phil Brigandi Sound/Sound Designer
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
George W. George Original Story
Charles Grayson Screenwriter
Jack J. Gross Producer
Roland Gross Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Sid Rogell Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
George F. Slavin Original Story
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

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