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With: John Ireland, Sheila Ryan, Hugh Beaumont, Jane Randolph, Ed Kelly, Charles D. Brown, Clancy Cooper, Peggy Converse, Hermine Sterler, Keefe Brasselle, Roy Gordon
Written by: John C. Higgins, based on a story by Gertrude Walker
Directed by: Anthony Mann
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 74
Date: 09/25/1947

Railroaded (1947)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Rails & Lies

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Anthony Mann's taut "B" picture Railroaded (1947) tells the story of a sinister cover-up in which an innocent young man is framed not only for a robbery, but also for the accidental murder of a cop. Hugh Beaumont (later on "Leave It to Beaver") plays the detective in charge, and the great, creepy John Ireland plays the lead criminal mastermind. Sheila Ryan plays the sweet girl, and Jane Randolph plays the tough-talking dame. Railroaded was Mann's breakthrough picture, and features an early glimpse at the stark, high-contrast black-and-white cinematography that he would later perfect with John Alton on T-Men (1947), Raw Deal (1948), He Walked by Night (1948), Border Incident (1949) and others. (Guy Roe was the unsung DP on this picture.)

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