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Trapped (1949)

Trapped (1949)





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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.
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Lloyd Bridges
as Tris Stewart
John Hoyt
as Agent John Downey
Barbara Payton
as Meg Dixon
James Todd
as Jack Sylvester
Russ Conway
as Gunby
Bert Conway
as Mantz
Tommy Noonan
as The Bank Teller
Ruth Robinson
as Mrs. Flaherty
Rory Mallinson
as Agent Raymond's Partner
Mack Williams
as Agent Raymond
Alden 'Stephen' Chase
as Chief of Secret Service
Harry Antrim
as The Warden
Ken Christy
as Deputy Marshal
Robert Karnes
as Agent Fred Foreman
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Richard Fleischer directs this minor so-so crime thriller in a semi-documentary style.

Full Review… | October 15, 2003
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Not the Best Movie in Black & White, Early Hollywood, and Low Budget. Made in 1949, I rented it because of Barbara Payton, who I thought was a early Hollywood Bombshell, after doing some research on her its said that she became a on the street hooker, a shame because she was a beautiful women. In this one she played the girlfriend of Lloyd Bridges who broke out of prison and the G-Men are after him. Again Early Hollywood , 2 1/2 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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6.5/10. Done in the semi-documentary style typical of it's time, this is a good and compelling film noir. Good photography, the cast is fine as is the direction.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Trapped Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, John Hoyt, and James Todd Director: Richard Fleischer Master-counterfeiter Tris Stewart (Bridges) is serving a long prison sentence when he is recruited by the Secret Service to help capture a new ring of forgers who are using the plates he once created to get rich on phoney bills. Stewart, however, is no stoolie, and he gives the agents the slip with the intention of not only getting even with his former partners but also to escape the long arm or the law with his girl (Payton) and a quarter of a million in funny money so real-looking that it will let him live like a king in Mexico. But the government sting is still in effect, and Stewart's escape is not as perfect as he thinks.... "Trapped" is a well-acted and beautifully filmed crime drama. Bridges is the perfect film noir tough guy, Payton is the classic bad girl in love with a worse man, and Hoyt (as a government agent undercover as a con man with the means to help Stewart with his plans) is great as the shady character with something to hide. The unfortunate thing about the film is that its opening minutes are painfully reminicent of a bad educational film/documentary about the Department of the Treasury. "Trapped" is worth seeing if you're a big fan of 1940s crime dramas, but just be aware that you're going to have to sit through some really hokey stuff at the very beginning. (It does get better, though.)

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

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