Decoy (1946)






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This gripping, gritty film noir begins as a mortally wounded physician staggers into the apartment of a vicious vixen, the leader of a notorious gang of thieves. Shots ring out, and the police rush to the scene. Sergeant Leonard gets there to find the doctor dead, and the woman failing fast. As she lay gasping she decides to tell the sergeant the whole terrible story that began when she got involved with a cop-killing robber who was captured and sentenced to death. Before his fateful date with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ned Young
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 31, 2007



as Margot Shelby

as Jim Vincent

as Frank Olins

as Sgt. Joseph Portugal

as Dr. Craig

as Waitress

as Bartender

as Station Attendant

as 1st Visitor

as 2nd Visitor

as Fat Woman

as Thin Attendant

as Fat Woman

as Fat Attendant

as Elevator Operator

as Counterman

as Station Attendant

as Piano Player

as Chaplain

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Decoy

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

- A trama absurda compromete bastante o longa, que, curiosamente, acaba se tornando interessante graças à performance exagerada da bela Jean Gillie (que morreria precocemente apenas três anos depois).

February 10, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Gillie is one of the more cruel femme fatales in film noir lore.

Full Review… | October 11, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Decoy

crazy as hell poverty row stuff. jean gillie is worth the price of admission.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Monogram cheapie is a diamond hard noir that is highlighted by one of the most amoral anti heroines ever seen on screen. The doomed Jean Gillie perfectly captures the venality of the character making her even more of a pit viper than Jane Greer's Kathie from the classic Out of the Past. Aside from her the film is solid but would be nothing special without it central character.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

It acts like noir, but doesn't really look like it. Jean Gillie plays probably the most volatile, nasty, ruthless, over-the-top and despicable femme fatale ever. Sheldon Leonard does a great job as the cop, Portugal. Real B-grade poverty row stuff that's got a fantastic opening and even though you don't know everything that happened yet you know it's not going to let you down. Production-wise on the lower end of the noir totem pole but worth it for Gillie's performance.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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