Act of Violence

Synopsis: War veteran Frank Enley seems to be a happily married small-town citizen until he realises Joe Parkson is in town. It seems Parkson is out for revenge because of something that happened in a German POW camp, and when a frightened Enley suddenly leaves for a convention in L.A., Parkson is close behind.
Director(s): Fred Zinnemann
Production: MGM
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

Oh, I'm sorry, Mr. Enley's out of town.

Perhaps I could... Is it business or...?

Not exactly.

- Some other time.|- Is there any message?

- Can I tell him who called?|- Where did you say he went?

Redwood Lake.|If it's important, they have a phone...

No, thank you.

Some other time.

The number's in the glove compartment.

You have trouble, call us.|We'll send a man out to you.

If you're out of town,|we'll put you in touch with the auto club.

If you leave the state, you notify us.

Here, you gotta sign this one too.|Right there.

That's a boy. If you wanna keep the car out|another week, just send us a money order.

Boss don't like checks.|We'll check your mileage...

Got a fellow named Enley staying here?

- Yeah, Frank Enley. Santa Lisa man.|- Where is he?

- Cabin number four.|- Where's that?

Across the road.

He ain't there now though.

Where is he now?

Boat number 14.|They're fishing over in the inlet now.

- Give me a boat.|- You want bait and tackle, I suppose.

Five dollars deposit, 75 cents an hour.

Get your deposit back|if the boat ain't damaged.

You take this one.

Wait a minute.|Let me give you a hand there.

Some lake. Swarming with them, huh?

Patience, lad. Patience.

- Can I give you a hand with your fish?|- Very funny.

Let's have a couple of beers, Pop.

- Where's your fish?|- Go on, tell the man where your fish are.

Where's our fish?|Well, how do you like that?

We ought to be asking|for our money back.

Don't let him throw you.|He's just preserving his dignity. Heh, heh.

Say, if I can't catch them,|they ain't there.

Did that fella find you?

- Who's that?|- A fella was looking for you.

Hired a boat, went out after you.

Didn't tell me his name.|A young fella, walked with sort of a limp.

Another thing,|I've fished every lake in these hills.

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Robert L. Richards

Robert L. Richards was a film screenwriter. Richards worked on a number of notable films of the 1940s and 1950s including Winchester '73, Johnny Stool Pigeon, and Act of Violence. His radio work included writing for the Suspense series which aired on the CBS network from 1942 until 1962. Among Richards' numerous Suspense offerings was his critically acclaimed neogothic horror thriller entitled The House in Cypress Canyon broadcast on December 5, 1946. Considered one of the tautest, most chilling dramas in the Suspense canon, the now classic show featured Robert Taylor, Cathy Lewis, Hans Conried, and Howard Duff in starring roles. Richards was blacklisted in Hollywood because of his left wing views. He wrote under various pseudonyms to get work, until he finally gave up and became a carpenter. He retired to Pátzcuaro, Mexico, where he died, still bitter about the career he had lost. more…

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