Manhandled (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes


Manhandled (1949)





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Produced by Paramount's Pine-Thomas unit, Manhandled is a no-nonsense film noir with a well-chosen cast. Small-time hoodlum Karl Benson (Dan Duryea) uses and abuses several innocent people in his efforts to get ahead. Among Benson's victims is Merl Kramer (Dorothy Lamour), who doesn't find out about her boyfriend's perfidy until it's almost too late. Sterling Hayden co-stars as insurance investigator Joe Cooper, who likewise exploits poor Merl, albeit for a good cause: Cooper is on the trail of some missing jewels. A subplot involves a married couple (Irene Hervey and Alan Napier) and the wife's would-be lover (Phillip Reed). Manhandled's level of tension never lets up, not even in its final scenes.

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Dan Duryea
as Karl Benson
Dorothy Lamour
as Merl Kramer
Sterling Hayden
as Joe Cooper
Irene Hervey
as Mrs. Alton Bennet
Phillip Reed
as Guy Bayard
Harold Vermilyea
as Dr. Redman
Alan Napier
as Alton Bennett
Art Smith
as Detective Lt. Dawson
Irving Bacon
as Sgt. Fayle
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Unassuming but preposterous B-film crime thriller.

January 12, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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