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Myrna Loy plays the glamorous member of a trio of jewel thieves. G-Man Spencer Tracy goes undercover to join the gang when it transports its stolen jewels from Paris to New York. Loy falls in love with Tracy, has a change of heart, and quits the gang. But Tracy arrests her all the same when he recovers the jewels. The girl forgives Tracy when the latter is wounded in a climactic gun battle with the rest of the thieves. Why, oh why, is this thing called Whipsaw?


Myrna Loy
as Vivian Palmer
Spencer Tracy
as Ross 'Mac' McBride aka Danny Ross Ackerman
Harvey Stephens
as Ed Dexter
Clay Clement
as Harry Ames
Robert Gleckler
as Steve Arnold
Robert Warwick
as Wadsworth
Paul Stanton
as Chief Hughes
Wade Boteler
as Humphries
Don Rowan
as Curly
Irene Franklin
as Mme. Marie
William Ingersoll
as Dr. Williams
Charles Irwin
as Larry King
Edward Peil Sr.
as Bartender
Frank De Voe
as Photographer
John Marston
as Patrolman
John Kelly
as Patrolman
Arthur Loft
as Patrolman
William Pawley
as Patrolman
Cyril McLaglen
as Detective
Wallis Clark
as Claymore
Howard Hickman
as Hotel Clerk
Robin Adair
as Cummings
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Critic Reviews for Whipsaw

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Audience Reviews for Whipsaw

  • Aug 10, 2009
    Whipsaw is a movie that isn't bad, but when watching it I got the feeling that it missed its calling as a screwball comedy. I wouldn't compare it to a Rhodes scholar flipping burgers but maybe more like a pro-wrestler working as a gym teacher. Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy for the most part have the chemistry necessary to pull Whipsaw off. She's cute and Tracy has a few funny moments. Again, Whipsaw isn't a bad movie but definitely a misplaced one. But when you're done watching it you'll realize why you don't hear the title Whipsaw associated with either of these actors.
    Michael G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2009
    WHIPSAW: <i>transitive verb</i> to beset or victimize in two opposite ways at once, by a two-phase operation, or by the collusive action of two opponents A man buys four very expensive pearls, not knowing that jewel thieves are plotting to steal them. The jewel thieves soon discover that a crime syndicate wants a piece of their action. The crime syndicate doesn't know that the jewel thieves are plotting to double-cross them. The thieves enlist the help of a beautiful woman. The beautiful woman doesn't know that she's secretly transporting the stolen pearls. She meets up with a crook who agrees to help her escape the syndicate thugs that are following her. The crook is actually a federal agent. The agent doesn't know that the beautiful woman knows that he is a federal agent. The jewel thieves think they're fooling the syndicate who thinks they're fooling the beautiful woman who thinks she's fooling the federal agent who thinks he's fooling the beautiful woman and the wheel goes round and round and round and.... I know this all sounds a bit convoluted, but in the end we're talking about Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy. I don't know about you but I'd pay money to watch the two of them play checkers for an hour and a half.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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