GenreFilm-Noir, Drama Music directorPaul Sawtell Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 14, 1949 (1949-02-14) (US) CastBill Williams (Jim Fletcher), Barbara Hale (Martha Gregory), Richard Quine (Ted Niles), Richard Loo (Ken Tokoyama aka The Weasel), Frank Fenton (Lt. Cmdr. Prentice), Frank Wilcox (Navy Hospital Doctor) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Blackhat, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Night of the Hunter, The Loft, The Big Sleep
The clay pigeon 1949
The Clay Pigeon is a 1949 American film noir directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Carl Foreman, based on a true story. The drama features Bill Williams and Barbara Hale, real-life husband and wife.
Jim Fletcher (Williams), a former inmate in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, awakes from a coma at a naval hospital, only to be told he's been accused of murder. Fletcher is not quite certain of his guilt so he escapes from the hospital in search of his best friend, another ex-POW.
Bill Williams as Jim Fletcher
Barbara Hale as Martha Gregory
Richard Quine as Ted Niles
Richard Loo as Ken Tokoyama aka The Weasel
Frank Fenton as Lt. Cmdr. Prentice
Frank Wilcox as Navy Hospital Doctor
Robert Bray as Gunsel Blake
Martha Hyer as Miss Harwick, Wheeler's Receptionist
Harold Landon as Blind Veteran
James Craven as John Wheeler
Time Out film reviews wrote of the film, "Directed by Fleischer with tight, spare energy, although the implausible script and bland leading performances (with Hale as the dead friend's wife, initially hostile but soon losing her heart) make it much inferior to The Narrow Margin.