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Railroaded
USA 1947
Directed by Anthony Mann
Running time 76 minutes
Rated PG
2.5 stars


This gangster flick starts well-enough but quickly degenerates into a hasty 71 minute bolt that leaves all the elements of the promising plot scantily motivated (the unrevealing title indicates how poorly the plot is represented) and characters blurry. B grade specialist Mann had yet to hit his stride as a director but there are a stylish moments here (notably the shoot out between John Ireland and Hugh Beaumont at the end). This is one film that deserves a remake. BH

FYI:  Re-titled, and edited down to 26 minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour mystery show.

 

 

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