Walk a Crooked Mile

Walk a Crooked Mile is a 1948 anti-communist film noir crime film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Louis Hayward and Dennis O'Keefe.

Walk a Crooked Mile
Theatrical release lobby card
Directed byGordon Douglas
Produced by
Screenplay byGeorge Bruce
Story byBertram Millhauser
Narrated byReed Hadley
Music byPaul Sawtell
Edited byJames E. Newcom
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 2, 1948 (1948-09-02) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States


A communist spy ring has infiltrated Lakeview Laboratory of Nuclear Physics, a Southern California atomic research center. Scotland Yard detective Philip Grayson (Louis Hayward) and FBI agent Dan O'Hara (Dennis O'Keefe) are on the case.



The film was originally titled FBI vs Scotland Yard but this was changed at the request of J. Edgar Hoover.[1]


When the film was released, The New York Times film critic, Bosley Crowther, while giving the film mixed review, wrote well of the screenplay, "No use to speak of the action or the acting. It's strictly routine. But the plot is deliberately sensational."[2]

The staff at Variety gave the film a favorable review, writing, "Action swings to San Francisco and back to the southland, punching hard all the time under the knowledgeable direction of Gordon Douglas. On-the-site filming of locales adds authenticity. George Bruce has loaded his script with nifty twists that add air of reality to the meller doings in the Bertram Millhauser story. Dialog is good and situations believably developed, even the highly contrived melodramatic finale. Documentary flavor is forwarded by Reed Hadley's credible narration chore."[3]


  1. Dennis O'Keefe Costar of Small's 'Dark Page;' Carmen, Wally Reunited Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 23 Aug 1948: 11.
  2. Crowther, Bosly. The New York Times, film review, October 13, 1948. Last accessed: February 27, 2011.
  3. Variety, film review. September 2, 1949. Last accessed: February 27, 2011.
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