Bullet for Joey

Bullet for Joey

Director: Lewis Allen

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, George Raft, Audrey Totter

     
 

A communist spy plots the abduction of an important American atomic scientist in this espionage drama. To do his evil deed, he coerces a notorious gangster to do the kidnapping. Meanwhile a G-man is hot on the spy's trail and is determined to protect the endangered scientist. Unfortunately, the spy is on to the detective and plans to bump him off first. The spy does… See more details below

Overview

A communist spy plots the abduction of an important American atomic scientist in this espionage drama. To do his evil deed, he coerces a notorious gangster to do the kidnapping. Meanwhile a G-man is hot on the spy's trail and is determined to protect the endangered scientist. Unfortunately, the spy is on to the detective and plans to bump him off first. The spy does not count on the fact that he has chosen a patriotic gangster to do his deeds and when the crook learns the spy's true alignment he takes action. Between him and the G-man, the world ends up safe for democracy once again.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's rather depressing that a film with Edward G. Robinson, Audrey Totter and George Raft could be as bad as A Bullet for Joey, but it's unfortunately true. Place the blame on the time period: the Red Scare of the 1950's inspired the studios to produce some execrable anti-Communist movies, and this is one of them. Certainly screenwriters A.I. Bezzerides and Daniel Mainwaring had proven before (and would prove again) that they were more than capable writers; yet on Bullet, they concoct a ridiculous plot, people it with one-dimensional caricatures, saddle it with unconvincing dialogue and ladle on a heaping helping of ham-fisted ideological messages that are laughable. Lewis Allen's lifeless direction doesn't help matters one whit, although cinematographer Harry Neumann does manage to get off a few inventive shots when given half a chance. Bullet's cast tries very hard, and certainly each of them finds some moments that the audience can savor, but they can't save the film. They're good, but the material sinks them.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
UPC:
0027616081018
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:27:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Inspector Raoul Leduc
George Raft Joe Victor
Audrey Totter Joyce Geary
George Dolenz Carl Macklin
Peter Hanson Fred
Kaaren Verne Mrs. Hartman
Ralph Smiley Paola
Henri Letondal Dubois
John Cliff Morrie
Joseph Vitale Nick
Bill Bryant Jack Allen
Stan Malotte Paul
Toni Gerry Yvonne Temblay
Steven Geray Garcia
John Alvin Percy
Sally Blane Marie
William Henry Artist
Peter Van Eyck Eric Hartman

Technical Credits
Lewis Allen Director
Léon Barsacq Editor
Leon Barsha Editor
A.I. Bezzerides Screenwriter
Sam Bischoff Producer
David Diamond Producer
Daniel Mainwaring Screenwriter
Harry Neumann Cinematographer
Harry Sukman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Bullet for Joey
1. Main Titles [1:35]
2. Grinding Out Pictures [1:36]
3. A Dead Mountie [2:02]
4. Garcia's Offer [3:59]
5. Why Talk to a Monkey? [2:58]
6. The Old Gang [6:08]
7. A Monkey Hair [2:47]
8. Working the Streets [6:51]
9. Playing Through [6:23]
10. Yvonne's Last Date [3:19]
11. Lying to the Boss [1:25]
12. I Know Who Killed Her [5:05]
13. Protecting the Innocent [4:43]
14. Tracking Down Joey [9:26]
15. Playing Hunches [8:04]
16. Missing: One Nuclear Scientist [4:49]
17. Bad Communication [5:43]
18. Looks Like We All Sail [2:48]
19. Going Straight [4:49]
20. A Bullet for Joey [2:24]

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