Steel Town (1952 film)

Steel Town is a 1952 American Technicolor film noir action film directed by George Sherman and starring Ann Sheridan, John Lund, and Howard Duff.[2]

Steel Town
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Produced by
Written by
Story byLeonard Freeman
StarringAnn Sheridan
John Lund
Howard Duff
CinematographyCharles P. Boyle
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 9, 1952 (1952-05-09) (United States)
Running time
85 mins
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.1 million (US rentals)[1]


An attractive woman everybody knows as "Red" runs a restaurant. Her boyfriend Jim Denko, who works at the Kostane steel plant, comes to the restaurant for dinner, but when Red gives his steak away to a customer, words are exchanged and the men get into a fight.

It turns out the newcomer is boarding with the McNamara family—in Red's own room, in fact—and Red remains unaware that he is Steve Kostane, nephew of the steel company's owner. Red feels guilty about the fight and buys him a new jacket to replace the one that's ripped.

Not until girlfriend Valerie phones to ask for Steve Kostane by name does Red realize who he really is. But when Jim picks her up for a date, Steve sidetracks them by offering Jim money for a guided tour of the plant.

Steve begins work there the next day, surprising Jim with his effort. He becomes better acquainted with Red and breaks up with Valerie, but is blamed for a costly mistake at the factory when others don't realize that Steve was actually aiding Red's dad Mac McNamara in an emergency.

Red isn't sure how she feels about Steve until her father has another health crisis at work. Steve saves his life, and Red knows this is the man for her.



Jeff Chandler was originally announced to play the male lead.[4]


  1. "Top Box-Office Hits of 1952". Variety. January 7, 1953. p. 61.
  2. "Steel Town". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  3. Freese, Gene Scott (April 10, 2014). Hollywood Stunt Performers, 1910s-1970s: A Biographical Dictionary (2nd ed.). McFarland & Company. p. 75. ISBN 9780786476435.
  4. Ann Sheridan, Jeff Chandler to Co-Star in 'Steel Town': Looking at Hollywood Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 26 July 1951: a2.

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