Tough Assignment

Tough Assignment is a 1949 American crime film directed by William Beaudine and starring Don Barry, Marjorie Steele and Steve Brodie. It is regarded as a film noir.[1]

Tough Assignment
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Produced byCarl K. Hittleman
Written byMiltan Luban
Carl K. Hittleman
StarringDon Barry
Marjorie Steele
Steve Brodie
Marc Lawrence
Music byAlbert Glasser
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byHarry W. Gerstad
Donald Barry Productions
Distributed byLippert Pictures
Release date
November 15, 1949
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States


A Los Angeles reporter and his photographer wife investigate a criminal gang trying to establish a cartel over beef supplies to the city's butcher shops.



  1. Spicer p.421


  • Spicer, Andrew. Historical Dictionary of Film Noir. Scarecrow Press, 2010.
  • Marshall, Wendy L. William Beaudine: From Silents to Television. Scarecrow Press, 2005.

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