Pickup (1951)

76 or 78 mins | Drama | August 1951

Director:

Hugo Haas

Producer:

Hugo Haas

Cinematographer:

Paul Ivano

Production Designer:

Rudi Feld

Production Company:

Forum Productions
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HISTORY

The order of the opening and closing credits were slightly different. According to a HR news item, Edgar E. Walden was added to the credits as co-producer nearly a month after the initial release of Pickup , in Aug ... More Less

The order of the opening and closing credits were slightly different. According to a HR news item, Edgar E. Walden was added to the credits as co-producer nearly a month after the initial release of Pickup , in Aug 1951. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Jul 1951.
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Daily Variety
18 Jul 51
p. 5.
Film Daily
24 Jul 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 50
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 51
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 51
p. 1.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Jul 51
p. 938.
New York Times
30 Aug 51
p. 20.
New York Times
31 Aug 51
p. 12.
Variety
18 Jul 51
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Leon Chooluck in Charge of Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Co-prod
WRITERS
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Master elec
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Master props
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech supv
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Hlida's cislo 47 by Joseph Kopta (Prague, 1929).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1951
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 30 August 1951
Production Date:
early March 1950 at Motion Picture Center
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 July 1951
Copyright Number:
LP1037
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76 or 78
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
13859
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a small desert town, a hobo, who is called the Professor because of his proclivity for poetry, visits his friend, Jan "Hunky" Horack, a middle-aged widower and railroad dispatcher who lives in a tiny house by the tracks. Jan confesses he is lonely as his dog recently was run over. After the new dispatch assistant, Steve Kowalski, arrives, Jan takes the Professor's advice and goes into town. There, at a small carnival, Jan looks for a new puppy but instead spots a leggy blonde, Betty, who believing Jan wealthy, makes a bet with her friend Irma that she can get a free meal out of him. Betty soon charms Jan and they spend the day together at the carnival. While sitting listening to a jukebox, Jan's hearing abruptly fades for several moments. Disturbed, he departs hastily. The following weekend Jan offers to drive Betty to his place for coffee. Although hung-over, Betty accepts, but is dismayed by Jan's modest home. While Jan makes coffee, Betty snoops through his effects and discovers that his bank book listing $7,300 in savings. She asks Jan when he will retire, but to her disappointment he says six years. Jan is appalled when Betty bluntly asks why he does not feign illness to gain early retirement. Steve then stops by to check the dispatches and Betty asks him to drive her back to town. That evening Betty discovers she and Irma have been evicted. Desperate, Betty realizes she has only one option and marries Jan. Soon, however, Betty grows bored with her uneventful life as Mrs. Horack, despite her husband's kindness. One day, Jan ... +


In a small desert town, a hobo, who is called the Professor because of his proclivity for poetry, visits his friend, Jan "Hunky" Horack, a middle-aged widower and railroad dispatcher who lives in a tiny house by the tracks. Jan confesses he is lonely as his dog recently was run over. After the new dispatch assistant, Steve Kowalski, arrives, Jan takes the Professor's advice and goes into town. There, at a small carnival, Jan looks for a new puppy but instead spots a leggy blonde, Betty, who believing Jan wealthy, makes a bet with her friend Irma that she can get a free meal out of him. Betty soon charms Jan and they spend the day together at the carnival. While sitting listening to a jukebox, Jan's hearing abruptly fades for several moments. Disturbed, he departs hastily. The following weekend Jan offers to drive Betty to his place for coffee. Although hung-over, Betty accepts, but is dismayed by Jan's modest home. While Jan makes coffee, Betty snoops through his effects and discovers that his bank book listing $7,300 in savings. She asks Jan when he will retire, but to her disappointment he says six years. Jan is appalled when Betty bluntly asks why he does not feign illness to gain early retirement. Steve then stops by to check the dispatches and Betty asks him to drive her back to town. That evening Betty discovers she and Irma have been evicted. Desperate, Betty realizes she has only one option and marries Jan. Soon, however, Betty grows bored with her uneventful life as Mrs. Horack, despite her husband's kindness. One day, Jan convinces Betty to come along on his track inspection, and they pause on the edge of a steep cliff. When she asks Jan to retire early so they can enjoy his money, he angrily refuses and she returns home without him. Jan suddenly feels dizzy and within moments he realizes he is completely deaf. That evening, as a doctor examines Jan, Steve returns from his remote inspections and is startled to find that Betty has married Jan. The doctor explains that Jan's hearing loss is psychosomatic, but Betty does not comprehend. A few days later, while crossing a street in town, Jan is knocked down by a car, and when he regains consciousness his hearing has returned. Initially enthusiastic, Jan recalls his wife's early retirement plea and decides to lie to the company. When he arrives home, Betty is asleep and later, before Jan can speak with her, Steve stops by. Jan listens, stunned as Betty flirts openly with Steve and confesses that she intends to leave Jan as soon as he gets his money. The next day Steve tells Betty that according to a lawyer friend of his, she cannot obtain a divorce and the only way she will get Jan's money is in the event of his death. Betty then confides that Jan beats her. Later, Jan writes a note to the railroad company admitting that he lied about being deaf. That night Betty goes to Steve's small hut near the house and claims Jan has just beaten her. She implores him to help her and suggests that when the two men inspect the tracks the next day, Steve push Jan off the cliff. The next morning Jan lets the Professor know his hearing is restored and asks him to deliver the letter to the company. Jan and Steve go on the inspection but at the cliff Steve cannot bring himself to harm Jan. Betty is furious when the two men return and leaves for a night on the town. Steve and Jan sit drinking into the early morning hours. When Betty finally returns, she starts packing her bag and Steve reacts violently. Jan listens while Steve attacks Betty in her room and finally comes to her rescue. Steve and Betty are shocked that Jan can hear and as Steve turns on Jan, Betty leaves the house. The Professor then returns, interrupting the fight, and gives Jan the news that the company will forgive him. As Steve departs angrily, the Professor presents Jan with a puppy. +

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