High Wall

Synopsis: Steven Kenet, suffering from a recurring brain injury, appears to have strangled his wife. Having confessed, he's committed to an understaffed county asylum full of pathetic inmates. There, Dr. Ann Lorrison is initially skeptical about Kenet's story and reluctance to undergo treatment. But against her better judgement, she begins to doubt his guilt, and endangers her career on a dangerous quest through dark streets awash with rain.
Director(s): Curtis Bernhardt
Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
 
IMDB:
6.9
APPROVED
Year:
1947
99 min
12 Views


Good night, Mr. Hirsch.

Good night, sir.

Good evening, Mr. Whitcombe.

Good evening.

We're proofreading

the new geography edition.

Mr. Garrison wants it

at the printer's in the morning.

Yes?

Any telephone messages, miss Mercer?

Yes, sir.

The photo engravers

want an ok on the proofs.

Havlock paper said

they filled our order.

Mm-hmm. Is that all?

Yes, sir.

Ask, uh... Mrs. Kenet to

come here, will you, please?

She isn't here, sir.

Well, then, uh... bring

me the Leeds manuscript.

The Leeds manuscript isn't here.

Well, it must be.

I sent Mrs. Kenet to my

home for it hours ago.

Yes, sir, I know, but

Mrs. Kenet hasn't returned.

Hmm. She must have been delayed.

Ask her to bring it to me

when she returns, will you?

I don't think Mrs. Kenet

will be back tonight, sir.

You see, her husband's been

away for 2 years, and he's home,

and he came here looking

for her just after she left,

and he was so anxious

to see her that...

I told him where he might

find her if he hurried.

Oh, in that case,

I don't imagine we

can expect to see her,

at least

not tonight,

hey, miss Mercer?

No, sir.

Not tonight.

Where do I sign?

Right under where

it says "corpus delicti."

Sign all 3 copies.

This is Mr. Whitcombe.

Don't get up, Mr. Whitcombe.

Oh, how do you do?

Nice of you

to come down.

I'm Wallace, assistant

district attorney.

Oh, I see you've

identified your secretary.

This is shocking, Mr. Wallace.

What happened?

She

was strangled.

Rather an interesting case.

If I can be of any

help, any information...

Have you any?

I don't know.

Perhaps it has

no bearing,

but her husband

returned today

after an absence

of 2 years.

I didn't see him

personally,

but they told me at the office

that he came in this afternoon,

extremely agitated,

looking for her,

insisting

on finding her at once.

It occurred to me that if

you can find the husband-

we have.

He's in there.

Oh.

Come along with me.

We can talk later.

Now, look, son,

let's go over it once more.

You headed straight

for the bridge

when you heard the

police siren, didn't you?

I didn't hear any siren.

You lost control of the car

and crashed through the bridge,

is that it?

The coroner's report.

Oh, yeah.

You were born and raised in

this city, weren't you, Kenet?

You know there's never

more than 3 feet of water

in that creek, not enough to drown in.

Now, look, son...

After

you strangled her,

you wanted to make it

look like an accident,

uh, broken neck

in an auto crash.

You knew you could walk away

from that kind of accident.

That's it...

Isn't it?

I told you

I killed her in the park,

in milford picnic grove.

Then I tried

to kill myself.

Well, that's good enough for me.

Have him sign

a statement.

Isn't often

they come this easy.

Uh-oh, Dave. I've examined him.

Drunk?

No. He's been through some head surgery.

Well, what's that

got to do with it?

I can't pass

him, Dave.

They'll have to look

him over at psychiatric.

Now, look, Doctor-

I'm sorry. He has to go to psycho first.

All right.

After you, sir.

Oh, thank you.

Hi, Dan.

Hello, Mike.

Come on, Jimmy.

Get up.

Hello, Mike.

Got some business

for you.

What

do you got?

Murder rap.

Here's his stuff.

$32 in bills,

18 cents in change,

a star-silver, I guess-

some sort of war decoration.

Snapshot holder

with one picture.

That all?

That's it.

Snapshot holder,

one-

Give me that!

Take it easy, sweetheart.

I want that picture!

Hold it!

Let go of me!

Good night, Dan.

Good night,

Doctor.

Let go of me!

I want that picture!

Ok, baby, you'll get it.

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Sydney Boehm

Sydney Boehm (April 4, 1908 – June 25, 1990) was an American screenwriter and producer. Boehm began his writing career as a newswriter for wire services and newspapers before moving on to screenwriting. His films include High Wall (1947), Anthony Mann-directed Side Street (1950), the sci-fi film When Worlds Collide (1951), and the crime drama The Big Heat (1953), for which Boehm won a 1954 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. Boehm was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 4, 1908 and died in Woodland Hills, California on June 25, 1990 at age 82. more…

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