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The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist)1949

The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist) (1949)




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There's propaganda aplenty in RKO's I Married a Communist, the first of producer Howard R. Hughes's many anti-Red broadsides. Robert Ryan plays shipping executive Brad Collins, whose youthful flirtations with certain left-wing causes have made him ripe for plucking by Commie cell leader Vanning (Thomas Gomez). Threatening to reveal Collins' "pinko" past, Vanning orders the executive to deliberately sabotage the shipping industry in the Frisco Bay area. Other characters essential to the plotline are Collins' wife Nan (Laraine Day), who knows nothing of her husband's politics, and his idealistic brother-in-law Don (John Agar) who spouts Marxist dogma at the drop of a hat. Apparently at a loss as to how to depict communist villainy, the screenwriters hark back on the gangster films of the 1930s, notably in the scene where a hapless stoolie (the inevitable Paul Guilfoyle) is taken for a ride. When the title I Married a Communist proved an audience turn-off during previews, the film was rechristened The Woman on Pier 13.


Robert Ryan
as Bradley Collins / Frank Johnson
Laraine Day
as Nan Lowry Collins
Thomas Gomez
as Vanning
Janis Carter
as Christine Norman
John Agar
as Don Lowry
Richard Rober
as Jim Travis
G. Pat Collins
as Charles Dover
Fred Graham
as Grip Wilson
Harry V. Cheshire
as Mr. Cornwall
Lester Matthews
as Dr. Dixon
Marlo Dyer
as Evelyn
Bess Flowers
as Secretary
Dick Ryan
as Waiter at Cocktail Bar
Iris Adrian
as Waitress
Evelyn Ceder
as Girl Friend
Marie Voe
as Striptease Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Despite its heavy sounding title, pic hews strictly to tried and true meller formula.

September 2, 2020 | Full Review…

The sterling cast can make no headway against cartoon characters, a fatuous script that defies belief, and an enveloping sense of hysteria.

September 2, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is pure propaganda, heavy-handed and dull.

September 2, 2020 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Only the gullible are going to fall for this one.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

If you can somehow get by the polemics and the cheesy script and view this melodrama as typical Hollywood, the film is quite entertaining.

May 1, 2003 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist)


Obviously made during the height of the Cold War this drama is a tad highstrung but good acting puts it over. Any movie with Robert Ryan is worth checking out for him alone.

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