Noirvember 2017, Episode 25: Rogue Cop (1954)

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Rogue Cop (1954) Roy Rowland
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Ah, we’ve seen it all before, haven’t we? Two brothers, both cops: one upstanding, the other crooked. In this case we have the upstanding Officer Eddie Kelvaney (Steve Forrest) and his corrupt brother Detective Sergeant Christopher Kelvaney (Robert Taylor).

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Christopher is on the take with the mob boss Dan Beaumonte (George Raft), so when brother Eddie announces that he’s going to identify the killer of a drug dealer in court, Christopher’s mob controller tells him to “convince” Eddie to forget what he saw and, oh, here’s some money to help you forget.

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Familiar territory for sure, but Robert Taylor delivers an effective performance and the John F. Seitz Oscar-nominated cinematography is quite good. Janet Leigh is good as Eddie’s girl with a past and Anne Francis (above) gives a nice performance as Beaumonte’s lush of a girlfriend. Look also for Vince Edwards and Alan Hale, Jr. in a bit part.

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Next: “What do I do now, Johnny?”

“Dry your eyes and blow your nose in the order named.”

Photos: Iskander-Zombie, The Scott Rollins Film and TV Trivia Blog, Greenbriar Picture Shows, Twenty Four Frames

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One thought on “Noirvember 2017, Episode 25: Rogue Cop (1954)

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