The Clay Pigeon

The Clay Pigeon

Bill Williams
Director: Richard Fleischer Cast: Bill Williams
Bill Williams
, Barbara Hale
Barbara Hale
, Richard Quine
Richard Quine
Richard Fleischer


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Richard O. Fleischer made his feature-film directorial debut with the well-crafted melodrama Clay Pigeon. Inspired by a true story, the film stars Bill Williams as Jim Fletcher, whose wartime experiences in a Japanese POW camp have left him with profound emotional problems. Awakening from a coma in a naval hospital, Jim is astonished to learn that he's been accused of murder. Not quite certain of his own guilt or innocence, he escapes from the hospital in search of his best friend, another ex-POW named Ted Niles (Richard Quine). En route, he is forced to kidnap Martha Gregory (Barbara Hale, Williams' real-life wife), the widow of the murdered man. Martha despises Jim at first, but is won over to his side when it becomes obvious that someone has set Jim up as a fall guy. Clay Pigeon was the first RKO film produced under the new Howard Hughes regime.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
UPC: 0888574281731
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:03:00
Sales rank: 23,709

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Williams Jim Fletcher
Barbara Hale Martha Gregory
Richard Quine Ted Niles
Richard Loo Ken Tokoyama
James Craven John Wheeler
Frank Fenton Lt. Cmdr. Prentice
Harold Landon Blind Veteran
Marya Marco Helen Minoto
Frank Wilcox Hospital Doctor
Robert Bray Blake
Martha Hyer Miss Harwick
Grandon Rhodes Naval Intelligence Agent

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Samuel E. Beetley Editor
Phil Brigandi Sound/Sound Designer
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Carl Foreman Screenwriter
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Herman Schlom Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Clifford Stine Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Clay Pigeon
1. Chapter 1 [7:41]
2. Chapter 2 [8:45]
3. Chapter 3 [6:52]
4. Chapter 4 [8:24]
5. Chapter 5 [9:50]
6. Chapter 6 [7:16]
7. Chapter 7 [7:02]
8. Chapter 8 [6:58]

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