Million Dollar Manhunt (1957)

79 mins | Mystery | December 1957

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HISTORY

This film's working title was Requiem for a Redhead . It was released in Britain in 1956 as Assignment Redhead and ran seventy-nine minutes. The print viewed, possibly cut for television use, ran twelve minutes less. Although the statement "Copyright MCMLVII by Amalgamated Productions, Inc." appeared onscreen, the film was not registered for copyright at the time of its release in the U.S. However, the film was registered for copyright by Four Star International, Inc. on 24 Dec 1985, under the number PA 308-272. The credit for Maclean Rogers reads "Written and Directed by Maclean Rogers." Actor Peter Swanwick's name is spelled correctly in the opening credits but is listed as "Peter Stanwick" in the closing cast list. As noted in HR production charts, the picture was shot at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, ... More Less

This film's working title was Requiem for a Redhead . It was released in Britain in 1956 as Assignment Redhead and ran seventy-nine minutes. The print viewed, possibly cut for television use, ran twelve minutes less. Although the statement "Copyright MCMLVII by Amalgamated Productions, Inc." appeared onscreen, the film was not registered for copyright at the time of its release in the U.S. However, the film was registered for copyright by Four Star International, Inc. on 24 Dec 1985, under the number PA 308-272. The credit for Maclean Rogers reads "Written and Directed by Maclean Rogers." Actor Peter Swanwick's name is spelled correctly in the opening credits but is listed as "Peter Stanwick" in the closing cast list. As noted in HR production charts, the picture was shot at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, England. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 1956
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 1957.
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Motion Picture Herald
21 Feb 1962.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Amalgamated Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Lighting cam
Cam op
Stills cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Requiem for a Redhead by Lindsay Hardy (London, 1953).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Assignment Redhead
Requiem for a Redhead
Release Date:
December 1957
Production Date:
mid April--early May 1956 at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, England
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79
Length(in feet):
7,153
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Major Gregory Keen, a U.S. military intelligence officer, is working in London with Colonel Julian Fentriss and Sergeant Tom Coutts of Britain’s M.I.5 to track down Dumetrius, a German supplier of forged documents, which permit illegal aliens to enter Britain. In Germany, Dumetrius kills a British Army officer, assumes his identity and prepares to take a military flight to London. His fellow passengers include British captain Peter Ridgeway and his American friend, professional photographer Captain Hank Godowski, who are both traveling on leave to London. Hedy Bergner, a nightclub performer, is on the same flight. Before they board the plane, Hank takes several photos of the group, alarming Dumetrius who has so far evaded capture because no photographs of him exist in official files. By the time the group arrives in London, Hedy, who secretly works for Dumetrius, has has become very interested in learning at which hotel Peter and Hank intend to stay. Meanwhile, Keen and Fentriss are advised that the British officer’s body has been found in Germany and that the man on the plane is an imposter, whom Fentriss suspects may be Dumetrius. Aware that Hank’s photos place him in danger of being discovered, Dumetrius and his henchman, Yotti Blum, go to Hank’s hotel where they kill him and slug Peter from behind. They then expose the undeveloped film in Hank's camera and make it appear that Peter killed Hank. In an attempt to get a description of Dumetrius, Keen and Coutts trace Hedy and interview her, but she is unable to provide any meaningful information. Next, they go to Peter’s hotel room where they find him regaining consciousness and assume that he murdered Hank. After ... +


Major Gregory Keen, a U.S. military intelligence officer, is working in London with Colonel Julian Fentriss and Sergeant Tom Coutts of Britain’s M.I.5 to track down Dumetrius, a German supplier of forged documents, which permit illegal aliens to enter Britain. In Germany, Dumetrius kills a British Army officer, assumes his identity and prepares to take a military flight to London. His fellow passengers include British captain Peter Ridgeway and his American friend, professional photographer Captain Hank Godowski, who are both traveling on leave to London. Hedy Bergner, a nightclub performer, is on the same flight. Before they board the plane, Hank takes several photos of the group, alarming Dumetrius who has so far evaded capture because no photographs of him exist in official files. By the time the group arrives in London, Hedy, who secretly works for Dumetrius, has has become very interested in learning at which hotel Peter and Hank intend to stay. Meanwhile, Keen and Fentriss are advised that the British officer’s body has been found in Germany and that the man on the plane is an imposter, whom Fentriss suspects may be Dumetrius. Aware that Hank’s photos place him in danger of being discovered, Dumetrius and his henchman, Yotti Blum, go to Hank’s hotel where they kill him and slug Peter from behind. They then expose the undeveloped film in Hank's camera and make it appear that Peter killed Hank. In an attempt to get a description of Dumetrius, Keen and Coutts trace Hedy and interview her, but she is unable to provide any meaningful information. Next, they go to Peter’s hotel room where they find him regaining consciousness and assume that he murdered Hank. After telling his inquisitors that he knows nothing of Dumetrius, Peter tricks them and escapes through a window. When Keen and Coutts chase after Peter in the street, they encounter a young woman, Sally Jennings, returning home from her job at a nightclub and warn her about Peter. A few minutes later, Sally finds a slightly injured Peter and takes him home with her. Later, Keen visits Hedy to warn her that Peter may come looking for her. At his London base, a sanitarium run by a Dr. Buchmann, Dumetrius explains that he hopes to complete his business in London within a few days, then leave. Peter tells Sally that he believes that Hank’s murder must, in some way, be connected to the photos he took of the other passengers and decides to try to locate Hedy in the hope that she can clear him. Sally then informs him that Hedy’s accordion-playing act is part of the floorshow at the nightclub where she works as a cigarette girl and arranges to get him in. In the few hours since they first met, Keen and Hedy have fallen in love, although he is unaware that she is working for Dumetrius. Later, at the club, Peter accuses Hedy of being in league with Hank’s killers, but she refuses to help him. Dumetrius, having realized that he should also have eliminated Peter, makes an unsuccessful attempt to kill him, and Peter takes refuge in a dockland warehouse. Meanwhile, Fentriss tells Keen that he thinks Hedy is a member of Dumetrius’ gang and that Keen is too much in love with her to realize it. When Keen informs Sally that he now believes Peter is innocent, she tells him where Peter can be found. At the warehouse, Keen and Coutts encounter a French intelligence officer, Paul Bonnet, who tells them that Dumetrius is wanted by the French for Nazi war crimes. When Dumetrius again fails to kill Peter in a sniper attack, Keen, hoping to draw Dumetrius out into the open, arranges for a newspaper to print that Peter has been killed. Dumetrius is in London to acquire twelve million counterfeit U.S. dollars from a former French traitor. After a series of double-crosses, Dumetrius ends up with the currency and prepares to leave the country. As he, Blum and Hedy wait at the dockside warehouse for a boat, Keen and the others close in on them. After Coutts kills Blum, Dumetrius seizes Hedy as a hostage and sets fire to the warehouse. Dumetrius accuses Hedy of informing Keen of their whereabouts, shoots her and escapes as she dies in Keen’s arms. Keen catches Dumetrius on the roof of the warehouse, which is now engulfed in flames, and during a struggle, Dumetrius falls to his death. The fire brigade rescues Keen and although Fentriss is pleased that the Dumetrius case file can be closed, Keen is saddened because he has lost Hedy. +

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