Railroaded! (1947)

70-72 mins | Drama | 25 September 1947

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writer:

John C. Higgins

Producer:

Charles F. Reisner

Cinematographer:

Guy Roe

Editor:

Louis Sackin

Production Designer:

Perry Smith

Production Company:

Eagle-Lion Films, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Tomorrow You Die . Although a modern source states that both Railroaded! and the 1948 Twentieth Century-Fox film Call Northside 777 (see above entry) were based on a series of articles by James P. McGuire, no contemporary source confirms McGuire's connection to Railroaded! McGuire's articles chronicle an actual case involving a Chicago speakeasy proprietress who wrongfully implicated two men in the murder of a policeman. In the Fox film, a convicted man is cleared of the crime because of evidence gathered by a reporter. HR news items add Mike Homa, Kenneth Farrell and Mira McKinney to the cast of Railroaded! , but their appearance in the final film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Tomorrow You Die . Although a modern source states that both Railroaded! and the 1948 Twentieth Century-Fox film Call Northside 777 (see above entry) were based on a series of articles by James P. McGuire, no contemporary source confirms McGuire's connection to Railroaded! McGuire's articles chronicle an actual case involving a Chicago speakeasy proprietress who wrongfully implicated two men in the murder of a policeman. In the Fox film, a convicted man is cleared of the crime because of evidence gathered by a reporter. HR news items add Mike Homa, Kenneth Farrell and Mira McKinney to the cast of Railroaded! , but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Oct 1947.
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Daily Variety
6 Oct 1947.
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Film Daily
7 Oct 47
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Apr 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 47
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Apr 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 47
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 47
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Oct 47
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Oct 1947.
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Variety
8 Oct 47
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Ben Stoloff in Charge of Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hair styling
Hair styling
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Tomorrow You Die
Release Date:
25 September 1947
Production Date:
late April--early May 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Industries Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 September 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1250
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-72
Length(in feet):
6,464
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12540
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As New York beautician Clara Calhoun, whose shop is a front for a bookmaking operation, closes up for the night, she gives a silent signal to two masked gunmen lurking outside. The gunmen then burst into the shop and start to rob Clara and her unsuspecting assistant, Marie Westin, of their betting money. When a policeman happens by and interrupts the robbery, one of the robbers, Duke Martin, shoots him in cold blood. Before dying, the officer shoots and wounds the other robber, "Cowie" Kowalski. After fleeing in a laundry truck, Duke leaves Cowie at a doctor's house, reminding him of their plan to implicate Steve Ryan in the crime. Later, when Clara and Marie are questioned by detectives Mickey Ferguson and Jim Chubb, Marie describes both robbers as black-haired, while Clara insists that the "shooter" had sandy hair. Clara's version is believed, and soon the sandy-haired Steve Ryan, who routinely drives the laundry truck and whose Navy scarf was found at the shop, is brought in for questioning. After a round of tough questioning by Mickey and Chubb, Steve is then taken to a hospital, where Cowie identifies him as the killer. Although Steve protests that Cowie is framing him because he beat him up for making a pass at his sister Rosie, the detectives are unsympathetic. Then, after Clara corroborates Cowie's identification, Steve is arrested. Sure of her brother's innocence, Rosie pleads his case to Mickey, but Mickey persists in his rigorous investigation of Steve. Meanwhile, Clara, who has plotted with Duke, her boyfriend, to steal the money from Jacklin Ainsworth, her gambling boss and owner of the Club Bombay, ... +


As New York beautician Clara Calhoun, whose shop is a front for a bookmaking operation, closes up for the night, she gives a silent signal to two masked gunmen lurking outside. The gunmen then burst into the shop and start to rob Clara and her unsuspecting assistant, Marie Westin, of their betting money. When a policeman happens by and interrupts the robbery, one of the robbers, Duke Martin, shoots him in cold blood. Before dying, the officer shoots and wounds the other robber, "Cowie" Kowalski. After fleeing in a laundry truck, Duke leaves Cowie at a doctor's house, reminding him of their plan to implicate Steve Ryan in the crime. Later, when Clara and Marie are questioned by detectives Mickey Ferguson and Jim Chubb, Marie describes both robbers as black-haired, while Clara insists that the "shooter" had sandy hair. Clara's version is believed, and soon the sandy-haired Steve Ryan, who routinely drives the laundry truck and whose Navy scarf was found at the shop, is brought in for questioning. After a round of tough questioning by Mickey and Chubb, Steve is then taken to a hospital, where Cowie identifies him as the killer. Although Steve protests that Cowie is framing him because he beat him up for making a pass at his sister Rosie, the detectives are unsympathetic. Then, after Clara corroborates Cowie's identification, Steve is arrested. Sure of her brother's innocence, Rosie pleads his case to Mickey, but Mickey persists in his rigorous investigation of Steve. Meanwhile, Clara, who has plotted with Duke, her boyfriend, to steal the money from Jacklin Ainsworth, her gambling boss and owner of the Club Bombay, begins to drink, angering Duke. Later, after Cowie dies of his wounds, Rosie goes to Clara's apartment and confronts her about her identification, and the two women brawl. Having secretly witnessed the fight, Duke then announces that he is going to "straighten out" Marie before Rosie talks with her and orders Clara to go into hiding until Steve's trial. Unable to find Marie at her new beauty shop, Rosie accepts a ride home from Mickey, who is also looking for Marie, and on the way, Mickey confesses his doubts about Steve's guilt. At home, Rosie receives a message from Duke, telling her to come to the Club Bombay, where he works as manager. While Rosie meets Duke at the club, Mickey inspects Clara's now-deserted apartment and finds a photograph of Duke. Having arrested Duke previously, Mickey recognizes the photo and goes to the club to question him about Clara. As the police-hating Duke has suggested that he knows who is framing Steve, Rosie denounces Mickey in front of the killer. Later, a concerned Mickey warns Rosie to stay away from Duke, but Rosie insists that she will do anything to free Steve. Mickey then waits outside Clara's hideout apartment and reveals his presence to Duke as he is about to go into the building. After Duke accuses Clara of double-crossing him and leaves, Mickey goes up to speak with her. Mickey informs Clara that Marie was found dead in the river and advises her to call him later at Rosie's house. Duke, meanwhile, has convinced an alcoholic named Wino to confess to the robbery and assures Rosie that Wino's statements will free Steve. While Rosie goes home to get money for Wino, Duke returns to Clara's apartment. Duke eventually finds a frightened Clara calling Mickey at a drugstore. Clara arranges to meet Mickey at her apartment, but before the detective arrives, Duke shoots her. Duke then goes to the Club Bombay and shoots and robs Ainsworth. Aware that Clara had called Rosie's phone number, Duke waits for Rosie at the club and accuses her of betraying him. As Duke is about to shoot Rosie, Mickey, who had ordered a raid on the club, arrives with the police. Duke fires a round at Rosie, wounding her, but is then killed in a shootout with Mickey. Later, after Steve is released from jail, Mickey and Rosie enjoy a kiss. +

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