Desperate (1947)






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With 1947's Desperate, a disturbing, noirish twist on traditional moral values, responsibility, and guilt, director Anthony Mann entered the ranks of class-A directors, though he'd still have to spend a few more years in "B" pictures. In his first important role, Steve Brodie plays newlywed trucker Steve Randall, who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time during a fur robbery. Kidnapping Steve, the criminals, led by Walt Radak (Raymond Burr), threaten to mutilate Mrs. Randall (Audrey … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Dorothy Atlas, Harry Essex, Martin Rackin, Harry J. Essex
In Theaters:
RKO Pictures


as Steve Randall

as Walt Radak

as Anne Randall

as Uncle Jan

as Aunt Klara

as Al Radak

as Policeman

as Detective

as Mrs. Roberts

as Simon Pringle

as Richard

as Doctor with Walt

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Villager

as Hat Lewis

as State Trooper

as Truck Driver

as Truck Driver

as Rev. Alex

as Villager

as Mrs. Oliver

as Bus Driver

as Woman on Train

as Man on Train

as Vendor on Train

as Conductor

as Traveling Salesman

as Traveling Salesman

as Dr. Wilson

as Bellhop

as Mr. Franks
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Critic Reviews for Desperate

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[Has] Mann's sense of coiled violence, just waiting to unload.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

The story is standard urban crime stuff, but the director throws in a treasure trove of flourishes.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
East Bay Express

Nicely done crime thriller, with some great visual set pieces.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Anthony Mann is a master at directing these cheapie films and making them look stylish.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Desperate

Desperate starts off as a hokey enough and paint-by-numbers film noir thriller about a good guy in the wrong place at the wrong time. The story's straightforward and frankly, its not exactly something you haven't seen before. But what makes Desperate a bit better is director Anthony Mann's direction and the way he takes a reasonably lukewarm story then builds and builds--right up to a fantastic stairway climax worthy of the Film Noir Hall of Fame. A must see for fans of Mann (especially when you see glimpses of what would later become some of the greatest westerns ever that he would later make), that final scene aside, not so much for fans of noir. Consider it a small part of a bigger potato chip at the bottom of the bag when you've already eaten all the greater ones--you don't necessarily regret taking it in but it won't be the one you remember the bag for...

Michael Gildea

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