For You I Die (1948)

76 mins | Drama | 2 January 1948

Director:

John Reinhardt

Cinematographer:

William H. Clothier

Editor:

Jason Bernie

Production Designer:

John Reinhardt

Production Company:

Arpi Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although this film was not viewed, the above summary was derived from a cutting continuity contained in the film's copyright records and from reviews. A Sep 1947 HR news item announced that director John Reinhardt would double as art director for this film. An Oct 1947 HR news item indicated that producer Robert Presnell and Reinhardt wanted to use this film to prove that an 'A' picture could be made on a 'B' budget of $300,000. According to a Nov 1947 HR news item, distributor Film Classics intended to present a special television trailer for For You I Die in twenty ... More Less

Although this film was not viewed, the above summary was derived from a cutting continuity contained in the film's copyright records and from reviews. A Sep 1947 HR news item announced that director John Reinhardt would double as art director for this film. An Oct 1947 HR news item indicated that producer Robert Presnell and Reinhardt wanted to use this film to prove that an 'A' picture could be made on a 'B' budget of $300,000. According to a Nov 1947 HR news item, distributor Film Classics intended to present a special television trailer for For You I Die in twenty cities. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Dec 1947.
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Daily Variety
15 Dec 1947.
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Film Daily
19 Dec 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 47
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 47
p. 17, 22
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
25 Oct 47
p. 34.
Los Angeles Times
26 Feb 1948.
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Variety
24 Dec 47
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst to the dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus dir and score
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod aide
Electrical supv
Asst to the producers
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 January 1948
Production Date:
early-October--mid October 1947 at Enterprise Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Arpi Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 December 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1445
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in feet):
6,871
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12769
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

With only a year left to serve on his sentence, Johnny Coulter is forced to participate in a jailbreak by convict Matt Gruber, who kills a guard during the escape. Once on the outside, Gruber instructs Johnny to go his own way but to meet him later at the café of a tourist camp where his girl friend, Hope Novak, works as a waitress. Maggie Dillon runs the place with the help of Smitty, an alcoholic cook, who watches over Hope. When Johnny shows up, he mistakes Maggie's man-crazy niece Georgie for Hope. Georgie then tells Hope, her roommate, that Gruber is coming, but Hope denies being his girl friend and does not want to see him. Johnny eventually discovers Hope, and Maggie gives him a job pumping gas. Although Georgie flirts with Johnny, he becomes interested in Hope, who once was arrested and accused of being an accomplice to Gruber. In order to protect her, Johnny offers to take Gruber out of the country when he arrives, but Hope intends to turn Gruber in to the police. Through his friendship with Hope, Maggie and two entertainers, Alec and Louisa Shaw, who are vacationing at the camp, Johnny begins to find peace. However, a newspaper report about Gruber's murder of a policeman, disturbs his idyll. One night, after the lunch room is held up by two gunmen, and Johnny helps the local police officers to recover the money, Maggie discovers that Johnny is on the run but does not turn him in. Gruber shows up and orders Hope to leave with him, but she tries to phone the police as Johnny and Gruber become involved in a brawl. After ... +


With only a year left to serve on his sentence, Johnny Coulter is forced to participate in a jailbreak by convict Matt Gruber, who kills a guard during the escape. Once on the outside, Gruber instructs Johnny to go his own way but to meet him later at the café of a tourist camp where his girl friend, Hope Novak, works as a waitress. Maggie Dillon runs the place with the help of Smitty, an alcoholic cook, who watches over Hope. When Johnny shows up, he mistakes Maggie's man-crazy niece Georgie for Hope. Georgie then tells Hope, her roommate, that Gruber is coming, but Hope denies being his girl friend and does not want to see him. Johnny eventually discovers Hope, and Maggie gives him a job pumping gas. Although Georgie flirts with Johnny, he becomes interested in Hope, who once was arrested and accused of being an accomplice to Gruber. In order to protect her, Johnny offers to take Gruber out of the country when he arrives, but Hope intends to turn Gruber in to the police. Through his friendship with Hope, Maggie and two entertainers, Alec and Louisa Shaw, who are vacationing at the camp, Johnny begins to find peace. However, a newspaper report about Gruber's murder of a policeman, disturbs his idyll. One night, after the lunch room is held up by two gunmen, and Johnny helps the local police officers to recover the money, Maggie discovers that Johnny is on the run but does not turn him in. Gruber shows up and orders Hope to leave with him, but she tries to phone the police as Johnny and Gruber become involved in a brawl. After Gruber accidentally shoots and kills Smitty, Johnny overpowers him, throws him in a car and drives off. When Maggie goes through Smitty's possessions, she discovers that, unknown to Hope, Smitty was Hope's father, but decides to tell her the news later. Having handed Gruber over to the police and turned himself in, Johnny returns to the café with the local police officers to say goodbye. Hope tells him that she will wait for him while he serves the remainder of his sentence. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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