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In the wake of a bank heist, Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) is part of a team of cops assigned to recover the stolen $200,000. They stake out the apartment of Lona McLane (Kim Novak), the girlfriend of the one of the robbers, and before long Paul and Lona begin a steamy affair. Lona persuades Paul to kill her boyfriend so that the two of them can escape with the money, but, in order to pull it off, Paul first has to trick his boss and fellow detectives.

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Critic Reviews for Pushover

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1)

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  • Mar 19, 2021
    Would have loved to have seen someone like William Holden or Burt Lancaster in the Fred McMurray as we've seen him play this role in Double Indemnity. Nonetheless, if you like Noir this is an okay entry that offers some legit suspense in the third act and a super-sexy Kim Novak.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2012
    I like a good film noir. I was expecting that this one is a good choice. Directed by Richard Quine, it stars Fred MacMurray, Philip Carey, and Kim Novak in her breakthrough role. The screenplay was adapted from two novels, The Night Watch by Thomas Walsh and Rafferty by William S. Ballinger, and I'll say, wasn't developed enough, and characters remained just film types rather than real people we could relate. The story of the honest cop Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) and him having a task to recover $200,000 after a bank robbery, most of the time worked well. I like how the little events, each of them relevant to the story, were incorporated while the police officers maintain a 24-hour surveillance on Lona McLane (Kim Novak), a girlfriend of one of the robbers. Of course, it's always something complicated in life, and here is that Sheridan quickly falls in love with Lona, who, when she finds out he's a policeman, tries to persuade him to kill Harry Wheeler (Paul Richards) so the two can take off with the cash... Film's plot is similar to other film noir, and some critics think that Double Indemnity is the movie to compare. Kim Novak was, at the time, a rising photogenic and acting star. For me, as a blond chick, she didn't do much - overacting was a huge problem and when Fred MacMurray grabs her for a kiss it didn't look romantic or full with passion - last time when I saw a kiss like that was when a Turkish free-style wrestling team member at the Balkan Championship kissed the official when awarded a gold medal. Not a pretty sight! This is not a great film, but it's immensely entertaining, covering a lot of territory in its 88 minutes.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2010
    Pushover wasn't bad at all but for some reason I just didn't get into it until after the cop started to plot with the gangster's woman to steal the $$$.That's when things started to get interesting
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2010
    Although it's a reworking of MacMurray's far superior Double Indemnity this is still a decent little crime caper. Kim Novak is utterly ravishing in her first big screen role, showing herself already possessing undeniable screen presence and star charisma. Even if she never was the best actress on the block she registers on screen, you eye is drawn to her even when she isn't saying anything. There's also solid support from Phil Carey and Dorothy Malone and efficient direction by Quine. Look very fast for a dark haired Marion Ross in a quick bit walking out of a building with Dorothy Malone.
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