Shakedown (1950 film)

Shakedown is a 1950 crime film noir directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Howard Duff, Brian Donlevy, Peggy Dow, Lawrence Tierney, Bruce Bennett and Anne Vernon.[1]

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Directed byJoseph Pevney
(as Joe Pevney)
Produced byTed Richmond
Screenplay byMartin Goldsmith
Alfred Lewis Levitt
Story byNat Dallinger
Don Martin
StarringHoward Duff
Brian Donlevy
Peggy Dow
Lawrence Tierney
Bruce Bennett
Anne Vernon
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited byMilton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1950 (1950-09-01) (United States)
  • September 3, 1950 (1950-09-03) (New York City)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


Unscrupulous newspaper photographer Jack Early (Howard Duff) is sent to take a picture of racketeer Nick Palmer (Brian Donlevy), who doesn't like to be captured on celluloid. Palmer takes a liking to Early and asks him to frame his henchmen Colton (Lawrence Tierney). Early double-crosses Palmer and informes Colton that his boss had planned to frame him. Shortly afterward Palmer is killed by a car bomb and Early becomes famous for taking a picture of the event. Eventually Early is himself killed by Colton but he manages to snap a picture of his murderer in the act.


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