A Likely Story

1947

A Likely Story

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Soon to be married in real life, Barbara Hale and Bill Williams also played sweethearts on screen in the frantic farce A Likely Story. After a routine medical examination, ex-GI Bill Baker (Bill Williams) overhears a conversation between two doctors, leading him to the mistaken conclusion that he's doomed to die from a rare heart condition. Chancing to meet aspiring artist Vickie North (Barbara Hale), Baker resolves to help Vickie realize her dream by bankrolling her career. He takes out a huge life insurance policy, then talks a couple of gangsters (Sam Levene and Nestor Paiva) into bumping him off so that Vickie and her kid brother Jamie (Lanny Rees) can collect immediately. Things get complicated when Baker discovers that he's as hale and hearty as the next fellow, prompting him to try to weasel out of his bargain with the gangsters-who, having financed the insurance policy in the first place, aren't inclined to let our hero off the hook so easily. Curiously, what should have been a frothy comedy plays more like a film noir, complete with a brief, hallucinatory nightmare sequence! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Bill Williams
as Bill Baker
Barbara Hale
as Vickie North
Lanny Rees
as Jamie North
Dan Tobin
as Phil Bright
Max Willenz
as Mr. Slepoff
Henry Kulky
as Tremendo
Robin Raymond
as Ticket Girl
Mary Young
as Little Old Lady
Nancy Saunders
as Blonde on Train
Drew Miller
as Reporter
Carl Hanson
as Reporter
Larry Randall
as Reporter
Sam Flint
as Doctor
Joe Green
as Senator
Jack Rice
as Secretary to Senator
Al Seymour
as Criminal
Jack Arkin
as Photographer
Michael Lally
as Photographer
Hal Craig
as Photographer
Paul Newlan
as Truck Driver
Dick Rush
as Detective
Tommy Noonan
as Taxi Driver
Sam Lufkin
as Taxi Driver
Jack Gargan
as Taxi Driver
George Magrill
as Express Man
Chester Clute
as Dr. Brown
Pat McKee
as Smoky
Hal K. Dawson
as Dr. Fraser
Bill Wallace
as Limousine Driver
Lee Phelps
as Cop at Intersection
Jessie Arnold
as Landlady
Al Murphy
as Poker Player
Charles Sullivan
as Poker Player
Joe Palma
as Poker Player
Phil Friedman
as Poker Player
Cy Malis
as Poker Player
Patsy O'Byrne
as Flower Woman
Kid Chissell
as Gym Attendant
Dick Elliott
as Conductor
Alan Wood
as Elevator Operator
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