Rogue Cop (1954)

91-92 or 94 mins | Drama | 8 October 1954

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writer:

Sydney Boehm

Producer:

Nicholas Nayfack

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Editor:

James E. Newcom

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Kelvaney . William P. McGivern's novel first appeared in Cosmopolitan in Apr 1954. According to Apr 1954 HR news items, Anne Bancroft, Barbara Bates and Margia Dean tested for roles in the film. HR news items add Roger Etienne, Tommy Herman, Howard McNear and Harry Wolverton to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Rogue Cop was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White). Janet Leigh ended her contract with M-G-M after making this ... More Less

The working title of the film was Kelvaney . William P. McGivern's novel first appeared in Cosmopolitan in Apr 1954. According to Apr 1954 HR news items, Anne Bancroft, Barbara Bates and Margia Dean tested for roles in the film. HR news items add Roger Etienne, Tommy Herman, Howard McNear and Harry Wolverton to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Rogue Cop was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White). Janet Leigh ended her contract with M-G-M after making this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Sep 1954.
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Daily Variety
1 Sep 54
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Sep 54
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 54
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Apr 54
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 54
p. 2, 6, 12.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Apr 54
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Apr 54
p. 2, 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 54
p. 1, 19.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 54
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jun 54
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 54
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 54
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
1 Sep 1954.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Sep 54
p. 129.
New York Times
18 Sep 54
p. 12.
Variety
1 Sep 54
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Women's cost des
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Hair styles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Rogue Cop by William P. McGivern (New York, 1954).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Kelvaney
Release Date:
8 October 1954
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 17 September 1954
Production Date:
20 April--15 May 1954
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 September 1954
Copyright Number:
LP4043
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91-92 or 94
Length(in feet):
8,306
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
17044
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In a penny arcade, a drug dealer is stabbed to death by a man who claims the territory for himself. Outside the arcade, the man is briefly detained on a parking violation by patrolman Eddie Kelvaney, but flees before the murder is discovered. With the help of his older brother Christopher, a police detective, Eddie uses mugshots to identify the killer as George "Wrinkles" Fallon. Christopher and Eddie track Fallon to a poker game in an abandoned billiards parlor and arrest him. The following day, Christopher is summoned by mobster Dan Beaumonte, who is at the race track with his alcoholic mistress, Nancy Corlane. Beaumonte tells him that Eddie must not identify Fallon in court, and instructs Christopher to offer his brother a substantial bribe for his cooperation. Christopher, who has been on Beaumonte's payroll for years, demands to know why a small-time criminal like Fallon merits such intervention by the mob, but Beaumonte refuses to answer him. That evening, Christopher meets his brother in a nightclub where Eddie's girl friend, Karen Stephanson, works as a singer. Christopher presents Beaumonte's offer, warning that Eddie will be killed if he does not recant his identification of Fallon, but Eddie flatly refuses to be bought. Karen joins them, and while Eddie is away, Christopher remarks that they met two years ago, in Miami. Christopher then goes to Beaumonte's penthouse apartment, where the crime boss is meeting with his colleague Ackerman. To buy his brother time, Christopher tells the men that Eddie will cooperate, and Ackerman instructs him to bring Eddie by the following night. After Christopher leaves, Beaumonte explains to Ackerman that Christopher keeps an eye on his bookies, ... +


In a penny arcade, a drug dealer is stabbed to death by a man who claims the territory for himself. Outside the arcade, the man is briefly detained on a parking violation by patrolman Eddie Kelvaney, but flees before the murder is discovered. With the help of his older brother Christopher, a police detective, Eddie uses mugshots to identify the killer as George "Wrinkles" Fallon. Christopher and Eddie track Fallon to a poker game in an abandoned billiards parlor and arrest him. The following day, Christopher is summoned by mobster Dan Beaumonte, who is at the race track with his alcoholic mistress, Nancy Corlane. Beaumonte tells him that Eddie must not identify Fallon in court, and instructs Christopher to offer his brother a substantial bribe for his cooperation. Christopher, who has been on Beaumonte's payroll for years, demands to know why a small-time criminal like Fallon merits such intervention by the mob, but Beaumonte refuses to answer him. That evening, Christopher meets his brother in a nightclub where Eddie's girl friend, Karen Stephanson, works as a singer. Christopher presents Beaumonte's offer, warning that Eddie will be killed if he does not recant his identification of Fallon, but Eddie flatly refuses to be bought. Karen joins them, and while Eddie is away, Christopher remarks that they met two years ago, in Miami. Christopher then goes to Beaumonte's penthouse apartment, where the crime boss is meeting with his colleague Ackerman. To buy his brother time, Christopher tells the men that Eddie will cooperate, and Ackerman instructs him to bring Eddie by the following night. After Christopher leaves, Beaumonte explains to Ackerman that Christopher keeps an eye on his bookies, collects debts and "settles beefs" for him. Ackerman questions whether Christopher can be trusted in this matter, and Beaumonte agrees to bring in an out-of-town enforcer to hedge their bets. Meanwhile, after making inquiries with a contact in Miami, Christopher calls on Karen and informs her of Eddie's situation, asking her to help by telling Eddie that she needs a large amount of money for an operation. Karen refuses, and Christopher tells her he knows about her past as a mobster's mistress in Miami. The following day, Christopher goes to see Eddie, and they argue over Christopher's contempt for their late father's moral values. Christopher urges his brother to pretend to go along with the scheme and then tell the truth on the witness stand, when the publicity surrounding the trial will afford him some protection. When Eddie mentions that he hopes to marry Karen, Christopher brings up her shady past and Eddie throws him out. At the appointed hour, Christopher goes alone to Beaumonte's apartment, and the mobster angrily fires him, threatening to turn over evidence of Christopher's corruption to the commissioner. Warning the men to leave Eddie alone, Christopher beats up Beaumonte's bodyguard, Johnny Stark, and even punches Beaumonte. When the inebriated Nancy makes fun of Beaumonte, he angrily has her sent to some of his low-life friends. Christopher goes to the nightclub to see Karen, who admits that she is not in love with Eddie. Beaumonte calls Christopher at the club and agrees to give him two more days to change Eddie's mind. Relieved, Christopher again asks Karen for her help, and she agrees to do whatever she can. Late that night, Christopher is awakened when Nancy comes to his door. Nancy, who has been raped by Beaumonte's friends, tearfully tells Christopher that Eddie was shot to death in the street. Leaving Nancy at his apartment, Christopher goes to the police station, where he learns that Karen witnessed the murder. Lt. Vince D. Bardeman suspends Christopher, after informing him that he is under investigation by the grand jury. Christopher admits to being a crooked cop, but vows to catch Eddie's killer, and Vince agrees to keep him on while they work on the case. After getting a description of the killer from Karen, Christopher goes to the newsstand run by his informant Selma, who says that Beaumonte and Ackerman are looking for Nancy. Christopher smuggles Nancy past the police guard into Karen's apartment for protection, and she tells him that Fallon, who used to be a street photographer, has a picture of Beaumonte and Ackerman taken many years ago. Nancy says that Beaumonte paid Fallon a large sum of money, adding that she revealed some of this information to her attackers. Christopher surmises that the photograph must contain evidence of a crime, which would explain Fallon's importance to the mob. Christopher returns to the police station and makes a deal with the district attorney to turn state's evidence on Beaumonte. He then goes to Karen's apartment and discovers that Karen has been taken to the police station and Nancy has been drowned in the bathtub. Christopher returns to the newsstand, and Selma tells him that Eddie's killer is Joey Langley, a hit man from the West Coast. Christopher instructs her to get word to Beaumonte that he is on his way to apprehend Langley. Accompanied by fellow detective Sidney Y. Myers, Christopher goes to Langley's hideout and arrests him. On the street outside, Beaumonte and Ackerman, who have been lying in wait, open fire. The detectives are wounded, and Beaumonte and Ackerman are killed. In the ambulance, Christopher asks Sidney, whom he had once dismissed for his honest principles, for forgiveness. +

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