Lloyd Bridges
Director: Richard Fleischer Cast: Lloyd Bridges
Lloyd Bridges
, John Hoyt
John Hoyt
, Barbara Payton
Barbara Payton
Richard Fleischer

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When nearly perfect counterfeit 20-dollar bills start turning up, the Treasury Department recognizes them as the work of Tris Stewart (Lloyd Bridges), a man already doing a long prison stretch. They offer Stewart a break on his sentence if he'll help them find out who got hold of his old plates, but he initially refuses. Some weeks later, while being transferred to another prison, Stewart escapes from custody -- it turns out that this is a set-up to free Stewart to search for the plates with a treasury agent keeping tabs on him; then he turns on the T-man as well, escaping for real. What Stewart doesn't know is that the agents expected and desired this move, believing that he would only go for the plates if he thought he could make some money from the bills and get out of the country with his girlfriend Laurie (Barbara Payton). They've got her apartment bugged, and one of their own men, Downey (John Hoyt), has been put in place as a customer at the nightclub where she works, quietly establishing himself as a man with some angles of his own and a yen to know her better. Stewart follows the trail to one of his ex-distributors, now in business for himself with the plates. But the man needs money, and Stewart thinks he can get it with help from Downey -- he doesn't like him trying to impress her, but does like it that he is a grifter with some money. They become partners, putting up Downey's cash to get the 250,000 dollars in counterfeit twenties, which Stewart will spend at face value where he and Laurie are going, in countries where they need U.S. currency and there are no treasury agents around to help identify counterfeit bills. Before the deal can be closed (and the arrest made), a new round of possible double-crosses starts between the hoods, and Downey's cover is suddenly blown by accident -- Stewart tries to kill him but is captured instead. Downey's superiors want to pull him out, but the agent thinks he can still salvage the operation if he can get to the plates before Laurie can talk to anyone. That leads to the denouement, an extended series of split-second plot developments with several lives at risk.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/31/2019
UPC: 0617311686795
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Flicker Alley
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 15,279

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lloyd Bridges Stewart
John Hoyt Downey
Barbara Payton Laurie
James Todd Sylvester
Russ Conway Gunby
Bert Conway Mantz
Harry Antrim Actor
Stephen Chase Actor
Ken Christy Actor
Robert Karnes Actor
Rory Mallinson Actor
Renny McEvoy Actor
Tommy Noonan Actor
Ruth Robinson Actor
Mack Williams Actor
Alex Davidoff Actor
Sid Kane Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Alfred de Gaetano Editor
Frank Durlauf Art Director
Earl Felton Screenwriter
Bryan Foy Producer
Irving Friedman Musical Direction/Supervision
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Armor E. Marlowe Set Decoration/Design
Guy Roe Cinematographer
Roy Seawright Special Effects
Ern Westmore Makeup
George Zuckerman Screenwriter

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