Desperate

Synopsis: When mobster Walt Radak tries to trick independent trucker Steve Randall into transporting stolen furs, Steve alerts the police, and Walt's young brother Al is caught and held for a cop-killing. When ruthless Radak tries to extort Steve's help in clearing Al, Steve and his young wife flee for their lives, only to find that the police are also in pursuit. With every man's hand against them, Steve and Anne must repeatedly abandon their temporary refuges. Finally, one midnight, the showdown...
Director(s): Anthony Mann
Production: RKO Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.8
APPROVED
Year:
1947
73 min
128 Views


[HORN HONKING]

[BOY MIMICKING MACHINE GUN FIRING]

You're dead, Steve. I'm a

G- man now and I got you covered.

Come on, Richard. Give me a

break. Promise I'll go straight.

what are the flowers for? Somebody sick?

No. I'm married four months today.

Four months? why, that ain't a year.

[CHUCKLES]

I don't know whether mother said six

tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of salt...

...or six tablespoons of

salt and a pinch of sugar.

[BOTH GROAN]

She must have said a pinch of salt.

Oh, I hope this turns out

right. It's my first attempt.

I'm glad we're trying it on your husband.

He'd like it if you made it out of cement.

well, I don't know about

that. I wonder what time it is.

- Uh-oh. Steve'll be home any minute

now. - Don't feed him too much lunch.

He'll end up with a bay window like my Henry.

Not a chance. Steve works too hard.

I figured you might want these

for the cake. One for each month.

well, they're a little large, aren't they?

Grocer didn't have any. I had

to get these from the plumber.

Oh, no. Oh, they're wonderful.

And when they're all lit after dinner,

turn off the lights and tell him.

How did you tell Henry?

V- mail. Judy was 8 months

old when he got home.

Oh.

[KNOCK ON DOOR]

- who is it? STEVE: Gas collector.

when you're married four months, that's cute.

Just a minute. Remember,

not a word about the baby.

I give you my solemn oath.

- Get lost, will you? I'd like a little privacy.

- It's a free country, ain't it?

Richard, you've got the whole

building to annoy people.

Go down and try the basement, huh?

wise guy. There's nobody

living in the basement.

You're getting the idea.

- Hello, Mrs. Roberts.

- Hi, Steve.

Yes?

Oh, your husband's been

putting lead slugs in the meter.

well, if he has, they're

the best slugs money can buy.

[BOTH CHUCKLE]

Hello, darling.

Oh, Steve.

Oh, Steve, they're

beautiful. Give them to me.

- I'm saving them for a good girl.

- But I'm good.

You opened the door for

strange a gas collector.

- That's because he sounded so handsome.

- Oh, you country girls.

I told you never to trust anyone, honey.

Not anyone, Steve?

Not everyone.

Oh, they're beautiful.

- You like them?

- I love them.

You didn't think I'd

remember our anniversary.

Steve, you're wonderful and l...

- Oh.

- But you'll have to open it after dinner.

well, all right, if you say so.

Oh, there was a call for you.

- who was it?

- I don't know, but here's the number.

You're to call as soon as you come in.

- Then we'd better

call. - Mm-hm.

Oh, and also, ask for Mr. Reynolds.

- Thank you.

- Yes, sir.

See, I'm a success. Got

the customers calling me.

You got a nickel?

Think so.

[RINGING]

- Hello? STEVE:
Hello, Mr. Reynolds?

- Yes.

- This is Steve Randall.

- I was told you wanted me to call you.

- Oh, yeah, Randall, I'm glad you called.

I usually use a friend of mine in the

trucking business, but he's out of town.

I have some perishables

I have to move tonight.

Oh, I'm awfully sorry,

but any time but tonight.

- willing to pay $50.

- Just a minute.

Fellow wants some hauling done

tonight. He's willing to pay $50.

Fifty dollars. That's a lot of money.

what about our celebration?

I won't make it for dinner.

Oh, it can wait until you get home, Steve.

Okay.

All right, Mr. Reynolds. I can make it.

Yeah.

warehouse 3, west Street.

Sure, I'll be there at 7:00.

Okay, thanks a lot.

MAN:
I told you he'd take it.

I still think we should've

gotten Biggie's truck.

Biggie's truck's too well-known.

Every time it comes out of the

garage, a police car tails it.

But how do you know he won't talk?

He needs the dough.

He's just out of the Army

with a wife on his hands.

Anyway, I know he won't blow the whistle

on me. I've known him since we were kids.

Maybe It would've been smarter to cut him in.

He wouldn't come with us if

he thought this was a heist.

No, this job's gonna be

cut four ways and no more.

what about me?

You're staying out of it.

Stop treating me like a kid, Walt.

I'm not in short pants anymore.

Look, I'm your brother and I

want you to keep your nose clean.

I'm tired of taking money from you.

How about it, Walt? Let me go

just this once. It's an easy job.

All right.

I guess we couldn't pull this job without Al.

[WHISTLING]

Walt:
Hello, Steve. You're right on time.

Hello, Walt. what are you doing here?

I'm the boss here, Steve.

- where will I find Reynolds?

- Reynolds?

- Yeah.

- He works for me. He's busy inside.

- Hello, Steve.

- You remember the kid brother.

- Sure.

- There's another vault there.

- It's full of furs.

- Okay, get them and step on it.

And put that rod away.

- Hey, just a minute. what is all this?

- Take it easy, Steve.

Everything'll be all right.

Get that stuff out of my

truck. You're a bunch of crooks.

- I'm not gonna get mixed up...

- why don't you get smart?

- I said, get that stuff out of my truck.

- Okay, Shorty.

Put him in the truck and keep him there.

[SIREN WAILING]

- I gotta get Al. He's hurt.

- Too late. The place is crawling with cops.

Al. Al.

It's no use, Walt. They'll

get us too. Come on, let's go.

All right, wise guy, drive where I tell

you or you'll get a sudden bellyache.

[FOOTSTEPS]

Everybody get away?

I lost Walt and Reynolds, but they're okay.

- what happened to you?

- wise guy tried to pull a fast one...

...but he wasn't fast enough.

They got Al.

If that cop dies, he'll face a murder rap.

I'd hate to be in your shoes if that's true.

Walt is sure crazy about that kid.

He got the jump on me, Walt.

Before I could do anything,

he drove the truck away.

Yeah, I saw it.

But I managed to bring him

back here. For you, Walt.

- You ran out on us.

- I never was in with you.

He tipped the copper too

by blinking his lights.

I ought to kill you.

You pulled the truck right out from

under Al. Now the cops have got him.

If he burns...

You know, I got an idea.

I'm gonna make it easy on both of us.

Yeah, yeah, that's it.

You go to the cops and say you did it.

You talked Al into it. He's just a kid.

He didn't know what the job was about.

You're crazy.

You can't frame me. I wasn't in on this deal.

Hello? Police headquarters?

Thought you'd like to know

the number of that truck...

...in the warehouse robbery tonight.

It's 1C002D.

well, you're in it now,

Steve, with both feet.

I can prove I'm innocent.

You're going there. Tell them

Al had nothing to do with it.

STEVE:
You're crazy. I'm getting out of here.

[GRUNTS]

I think we can convince

him to go to the police.

[BLOWS LANDING, STEVE GRUNTING]

Hold it.

Change your mind?

Change your mind, Steve?

You outsmarted yourself this time, Walt.

If I have to take a murder rap for Al...

...you might as well kill me here.

Say, I'll bet that new

bride of yours is pretty.

How about it, Steve?

- Pick her up.

- No, no. wait a minute.

Going to the police?

Yeah.

while you're there, we'll have the missus.

I don't care what you tell them...

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Harry Essex

Harry Essex (November 29, 1910 – February 5, 1997) was an American screenwriter and director in feature films and television. Born and raised in New York City, his career spanned more than fifty years. more…

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