Release dateMay 17, 1947 (1947-05-17) (U.S.) WriterHarry Essex (screenplay), Martin Rackin (additional dialogue), Dorothy Atlas (story), Anthony Mann (story) ScreenplayAnthony Mann, Harry Essex, Martin Rackin, Dorothy Atlas CastSteve Brodie (Steve Randall), Audrey Long (Mrs. Anne Randall), Raymond Burr (Walt Radak), Douglas Fowley (Pete Lavitch, Private Eye), William Challee (Reynolds), Jason Robards Sr. (Det. Lt. Louie Ferrari (as Jason Robards)) Similar moviesGoodfellas, The Asphalt Jungle, White Heat, The Night of the Hunter, The Big Sleep, Seven Psychopaths
TaglineMURDER at any moment! SUSPENSE... in every step!!!
Desperate anthony mann 1947 clock scene
Desperate is a 1947 suspense film noir directed by Anthony Mann and featuring Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley, William Challee and Jason Robards.
Steve Randall (Brodie) is an independent trucker who is hired by an old friend to haul some freight. Only when Steve arrives at the warehouse, does he discover he has been hired to haul away stolen goods. Steve wants no part of the plot and resists, but a cop is killed as they're committing the burglary, and all except one manage to get away.
Later, after kidnapping and assaulting Steve, the criminals, led by Walt Radak (Burr), threaten to mutilate Randall's wife (Long) unless Steve confesses to the murder committed by Radak's brother, captured during the theft and sentenced to death for the cop-killing.
Steve plays along with the criminals just long enough to escape. He takes his wife and leaves town, heading cross country. The couple are then pursued by both the cops and the crooks. Steve then discovers his wife is pregnant with their first child, making the stakes even higher that they get away to safety.
Steve Brodie as Steve Randall
Audrey Long as Mrs. Anne Randall
Raymond Burr as Walt Radak
Douglas Fowley as Pete Lavitch, Private Eye
William Challee as Reynolds
Jason Robards as Det. Lt. Louie Ferrari
Freddie Steele as Shorty Abbott
Lee Frederick as Joe Daly
Paul E. Burns as Uncle Jan
Ilka Grüning as Aunt Klara
Warner Bros. released the film on DVD on July 13, 2010, in its Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 5.