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Raw Deal

Raw Deal (1948)


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Release Date: May 26, 1948 Wide



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Violent and viscerally sexual, Anthony Mann's muscular low-budget noir tells the tale of a framed gangster's quest for vengeance after he busts out of prison. Once freed, gangster Joe Sullivan Dennis O'Keefe) and his girl friend Pat (Claier Trevor) set off to find the mobster who set him up. The kidnapping of Ann Martin (Marsha Hunt), the social worker who wrote to Joe in prison, leads the fugitive into a romantic triangle of death, passion and tragedy. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

May 31, 2005

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (0) | DVD (3)

Tremendous, sinewy noir

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The next time someone asks me to define "film noir," I'm going to say Raw Deal.

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Top notch noir flick directed by Anthony Mann with Dennis O'Keefe starring.

August 14, 2007

Unusual, dream like crime thriller, with powerful finale.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

The apex of noir style, offering up electric visions of sin, salvation, and sexual mania.

May 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The photography is electric.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Raw Deal

Sinister, violent, sensual, all the good ingredients for an unforgettable noir. Anthony Mann's pace and tact for suspense and John Alton's brilliant camera work make this low budget feature look like a crime epic.
March 24, 2012

Super Reviewer

"If he gets through this dragnet, he's as slippery as a nail in a barrelful of oil."

A gangster (Raymond Burr) springs an associate he has betrayed out of prison, trusting that the wanted man (Dennis O'Keefe) will be gunned down evading recapture before he can come to collect his $50,000. With admirable economy, the script dispenses with time-consuming, nuts-and-bolts detail (How exactly did Burr betray O'Keefe? How does O'Keefe make his escape? etc) and focuses on the fascinating triangle between the fugitive, his fiercely loyal girlfriend (Claire Trevor) and the goody-goody legal messenger (Marsha Hunt) whom the pair take hostage when she threatens to squeal. Hunt's character serves to constantly prick O'Keefe's conscience and remind him of the time before necessity forced him into a life of crime, etc, etc. Though there are a couple of big coincidences and the plotting gets a little wobbly toward the end, the movie is stunningly photographed and very nicely narrated by the ever-excellent Trevor. Some spooky Theremin on the soundtrack does wonders for the atmosphere. A great minor noir.
April 26, 2009

Super Reviewer

a gorgeous shadowy noir about an escaped convict torn between two women. stunning photography and it's the only noir film i can think of with a female voiceover, for which claire trevor is perfect of course. an underseen but brilliant work of anthony mann and john alton. and raymond burr makes a really nasty villain. first class b-movie!
April 6, 2009
Stella Dallas

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A great film noir film you've never heard of.
November 6, 2006

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