Decoy

Synopsis: Gangster Frank Olins is to die in the gas chamber much to the dismay of his girlfriend Margot Shelby as he is carrying the secret of the location of $400,000 with him. Margot seduces gangster Jim Vincent to get him to engineer the removal of Olins' body from the prison immediately after he dies in the gas chamber. She takes prison doctor Craig away from his nurse/girl friend and gets him to administer an antidote for cyanide gas poisoning. During the removal of Olins' body, the hearse driver is killed by Tommy. The revived Olins gives Margot half of a map showing the money location and Vincent, in a fit of jealousy, kills Olins and takes the other half. Because the doctor's plates on his car will get them through the police roadblocks, Vincent and Margot take him with them on the money hunt.
Director(s): Jack Bernhard
Production: Monogram
 
IMDB:
6.9
APPROVED
Year:
1946
76 min
15 Views

Morning, friend.

Say, it looks like we're...

Driving all the way into San Francisco.

Going that far?

Now I remember the end of that story.

The other Scotchman says, he says,

"Well, since it's a long story,

"we might as well blow out the... "

"Candle," he says.

- Sixth floor, quick!

- Okay, okay, mister.

- What's all the rush?

- Get going.

Oh, Dr. Craig.

You've come to see Miss Shelby off.

No.

I've come to take her with me.

You'll find a couple of cops

in the car downstairs.

- Send one of them for an ambulance.

- Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Right away!

Jo Jo.

- Hello, Jo Jo.

- Hello, kid.

The box. The box!

- Take it easy.

- There it is.

Give it to me. I want it.

- All right.

- I want it.

Give it to me! I want it!

Careful, you'll cut yourself.

That iron's rusty.

Careful? That's funny. You're funny, Jo Jo.

It's broken. He broke it.

He shouldn't have done it.

It's mine, it's all mine now.

Everything's mixed up.

What mixes things up,

Jo Jo?

Simple arithmetic, kid. Remember?

Yes, simple arithmetic.

You're laughing at me.

You rotten...

Oh, I hurt inside.

Simple arithmetic.

Yes.

One and one make two.

I wanted money.

Frankie Olins had it.

He took it from a shiny red bank truck

two days before Christmas.

$400,000.

Only,

before he could take it,

he had to kill the driver.

Frankie was in jail now.

The people of the State of California

said he had to die.

But only Frankie knew

where the money was hidden.

- And he'll be three next Saturday.

- That's swell.

It seems just yesterday...

We get to practice baseball twice

a week now. Isn't that great, Pop?

Get hold of Vincent,

tell him O'Hara's no good.

Tell him I want

a new mouthpiece for the appeal.

The best mouthpiece in the world.

That takes money, Frankie, a lot of money.

Tell Vince to lay it out.

He told me he laid out 30,000 already.

Have you been seeing Jim Vincent?

No, Frankie boy, of course not.

He just phoned.

Said he was running short.

Frankie, we may need

part of that bank money to get...

Forget it.

The secret of where that money is

doesn't walk out of here

unless I walk out with it.

Listen, baby.

You don't think I care anything

about that money, do you?

No.

You're the only thing I care about.

That's all that money means to me, you!

Clothes for you, pretty things for you.

That's why I did it,

that's why I took the chance,

even on a murder rap,

because I want you to be beautiful for me.

For me. Not for anybody else, just me.

All right, time's up.

Come on, come on, you'll see him again.

He ain't going anywhere.

Listen, Margot, honey.

Tell Vince he's gotta get up that dough.

You gotta go now, lady. Time's up.

He knows he'll get it back.

I'll make it worth his while.

I'll get out on appeal. I'll get out.

- Goodbye, Frankie darling.

- So long, honey.

Frankie was kidding himself.

He was through.

And when he went,

the money would go with him.

Unless...

There was still one small chance,

a long shot.

Something I had read about

a long time ago.

Something I hadn't mentioned before.

Something called Methylene Blue.

Yes, Methylene Blue.

What kind of stuff is it?

- It's a sort of chemical...

- Hold it.

It's the stuff they use

when there's been an accident

in a laboratory somewhere.

Is this straight? How does it work?

I don't know that.

We'll have to get a doctor.

But I do know this,

Frankie's appeal doesn't stand a chance,

and in California

that means the gas chamber.

They'll execute him with something

they call hydrocyanic gas,

and the antidote

for that is Methylene Blue.

- What's the catch?

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Nedrick Young

Nedrick Young (March 23, 1914 – September 16, 1968), also known by the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas, was an actor and screenwriter often blacklisted during the 1950s and 1960s. He is credited with writing the screenplay for Jailhouse Rock in 1957, which starred Elvis Presley. Young was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to screenwriting, he also took on an acting role in various feature-length films during the period 1943–1966. He was married to actress Elizabeth MacRae.Young died from a heart attack at the age of 54. more…

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