Shakedown (1950)





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Two-bit photographer Howard Duff wins a big newspaper assignment by romancing his lady boss (Peggy Dow). Duff is sent to take a picture of criminal Brian Donlevy, who doesn't like to be captured on celluloid. Donlevy takes a liking to Duff and asks him to frame one of the crook's less cooperative henchmen (Lawrence Tierney). Duff plays both sides of the fence, informing the henchman that his boss had planned to frame him. Shortly afterward, Donlevy is killed by a car bomb, and Duff becomes famous taking a picture of the event. Eventually Duff pulls one double-cross too many and is himself killed by the surly henchman--but not before taking a snapshot of his murderer in the act. Hard to believe, but Howard Duff makes his character in Shakedown somewhat likable, so that the audience is eager to see what sort of scam he'll pull next.
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Howard Duff
as Jack Early
Brian Donlevy
as Nick Palmer
Peggy Dow
as Ellen Bennett
Bruce Bennett
as David Glover
Anne Vernon
as Nita Palmer
Stapleton Kent
as City Editor
Will Lee
as Taxi Driver
Carl Sklover
as Taxi Driver
Josephine Whittell
as Mrs. Worthington
Steve Roberts
as Magazine Representative
John Miller
as Brownie
Charles Flynn
as Fireman
Jack Reitzen
as Fat Man
Roy Engel
as Captain
Jack Rice
as Floorwalker
Bert Davidson
as Photographer
Ralph Brooks
as Photographer
Douglas Carter Beane
as Photographer
Kay Riehl
as Mrs. Spencer
Wendy Waldron
as Information Clerk
Donald Kerr
as Newsboy
Jack Chefe
as Proprietor
Forbes Murray
as Mr. Spencer
William E. Marks
as Detective
Steve Wayne
as Reporter
Rock Hudson
as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for Shakedown

All Critics (2)

Sluggish and not nearly sordid enough.

Full Review… | May 16, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

A routine story that is more about a depiction of the American drive for material success than an exposé newspaper story.

Full Review… | March 25, 2005
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