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The Woman On Pier 13 (1950)

Laraine Day , Robert Ryan , Robert Stevenson  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laraine Day, Robert Ryan, John Agar, Thomas Gomez, Janis Carter
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RKO
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A future of happiness awaits San Francisco shipping executive Brad Collins (Robert Ryan) and his new bride (Laraine Day).Yet Brad's past could undo everything. Back in his days as a dockworker, he was an activist member of the Communist Party. Now the Party has resurfaced like a bad dream in Brad's life, putting the screws on and threatening to spill his past if he doesn't play ball and stir up a labor strike. In an era when some officials sought to weed out Communists real and imagined, Hollywood made numerous films that exploited the times. Among them: Big Jim McLain, Invasion USA, I Was a Communist for the FBI and this film - arguably the most hyperbolic of all - originally titled I Married a Communist.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret forces July 27, 2010
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This is a beautiful black and white movie filmed by renowned cameraman Nicholas Musuraca. It tells the story of a man with secret (earlier membership of the American Communist Party) and the way he deals with it. The communists are depicted as a secret society consisting of arrogant, affluent intellectuals (and a few hired thugs), an organization without a head. Everybody seems to be scared, even the section leader - an interesting performance by Thomas Gomez who played a victim of capitalism in the purportedly pro communist movie Force of Evil by Abraham Polonsky. The main character is ordered to use his position in the shipping industry to ignite unrest and dissatisfaction among the workers - seemd pretty believeable to me as a course militant policital action might take. The behavior of the main character, Robert Ryan, is somewhat mysterious as he keeps his past affiliation a secret instead of trusting his faithful wife. All in all I found this an inspiring movie with good performances (William Talman is also great and scary as the contract killer) and a stunningly beautiful woman I did not know before: Janis Carter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tense, violent and crude portrait of a past that returns! November 27, 2011
Filmed into the very frame of the Noirish approach, this film carves in relief once the fatality that awaits for all those who pretend to run away from his past. This time a man who left behind a shameful past suddenly reconncets himslef with these phantoms who intend blackmail him.

High caliber suspense that will be maintained until the last shot of the film. Robert Ryan demonstrates once more why he was one of the main icons of this genre.

Fine direction of Robert Steveneson. Don't miss it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir and Patriotism January 12, 2012
By Brian
Brad Collins(Robert Ryan)is living a great life.Hes married to pretty Nan(Laraine Day)and is head of an honest union.Then Brads past life catches up with him when trashy model Christine Norman(Janis Carter)a hard core communist comes back into his life.Brad and Christine had once been lovers and active with the local red cell.
A few days later the communist head,Vanning(Thomas Gomez)reminds Brad of a killing he was once involved in and tells him hes updated his communist membership card.
Having no choice Brad goes along and double crosses his friend and union boss Jim Travers(Richard Rober)whos still in love with Nan.
Things get worse when Christine and Nans brother,Don(John Agar)start having an affair and she takes him to communist meetings much to the anger of Nan.
Excellent Film Noir Thriller.
Original title,I Married A Communist.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film with the stones to expose the real threat! September 6, 2010
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Do not be dissuaded by left wing film critics who brush this film off with comments like "cornball acting", and "cartoon characters", and "fatuous script". Indeed, had other noir spy films of the era, which these critics seem to find no fault with, been made implementing the original story of commie villains instead of altering them to nazi villains, some glorified films would have suffered from obscurity as this one has. The acting in this film is as good as any of the top rated noir films I have seen. My wife and I love 1940`s film noir and own nearly all of the noir DVD`s available. I knew of this film but had heard that it was unavailable (Gee, I wonder why) until I decided to check on it at Amazon. The noir style camerawork is as good as any noir film i`ve seen and as far as the story goe`s, while it may not be as great as Double Indemnity, Laura, or Out of the Past, I feel it is at least on equal par to sutch films as Born to Kill, Crossfire, or I Wake Up Screaming. In other words It`s a damn good film noir that deserves at least a three star rating. It`s only fault as far as I`m concerned is that it was too short. But to left wing critics it dared to touch on a taboo subject, and for that it`s been damned and shunned for the past sixty years. The film moves along fairly quickly and peeks your interest throughout. Robert Ryan stars as a former commie who pulls his head out of his, well, emerges from the dark side let`s say, and is now vice president of a shipping company in San Francisco. In other words he`s an "evil capitalist pig". He soon is being blackmailed by the leader of a local "group" of communists who threaten to reveal his past to his employer and new spouse, played by Loraine Day. Thomas Gomez is so convincing as the lead commie you will want to reach into your television, pull him through and strangle him to death. For all you film noir lovers out there this film is worth the money and a definate bonus to your noir library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Married a Dunderhead November 20, 2013
By Jim
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It's difficult to like a film when the lead characters make stupid decisions. Not Robert Ryan's best. It picks up in excitment the second half then falls with a thud.
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What's truly ironic about this movie is the longtime movie tough guy Robert Ryan was an outspoken opponent of McCarthyism and the "Red Scare." He was part of the Hollywood group organized by Bogart and Bacall that went to Washington, D.C. to protest the hearings on Commie infiltration into Hollywood and risked being blacklisted except his status as a much decorated Marine Corps drill instructor would have made public that the the hearings were a shameless sham to smear good Americans. He did make many excellent movies although this is not one of them.
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