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Vicki (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 October 1953 (USA)
The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm.

Director:

Harry Horner

Writers:

Steve Fisher (novel), Dwight Taylor
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Jill Lynn
Jean Peters ... Vicki Lynn
Elliott Reid ... Steve Christopher
Richard Boone ... Lt. Ed Cornell
Max Showalter ... Larry Evans (as Casey Adams)
Alexander D'Arcy ... Robin Ray (as Alex D'Arcy)
Carl Betz ... Detective McDonald
Aaron Spelling ... Harry Williams
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Storyline

Supermodel Vicki Lynn, whose face is seen everywhere, is murdered, and ace homicide cop Ed Cornell cuts his vacation short to take the case personally. In flashback we see how Vicki rose from ambitious waitress to big black headlines, courtesy of clever publicity man Steve Christopher. Now Cornell seems determined to get Christopher convicted in what begins to seem like a bizarre personal vendetta. Is Steve caught like a rat in a trap? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"If men want to look at me. . .why shouldn't they pay for it?" See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le crime était signé See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$560,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The use of the quote, "The butler did it," was at that time a recognized joke. It played off the spoiling of the ending of a play or movie by a big mouth in the audience. It did not refer to the plot of the film being shown in that theater. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ed Cornell: When I put all my evidence together, I'll have you strapped in that chair so tight, you'll scream.
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Connections

Version of I Wake Up Screaming (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know Why (and So Do You)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics Mack Gordon
Performed by Jean Peters at the Club Capri
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Fair remake of "I Wake Up Screaming" marred by bad casting in the lead...
10 January 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Let's face it, ELLIOT REID is the last actor I'd expect to replace VICTOR MATURE as the leading man of VICKI--a remake of the Fox film that starred Betty Grable, Victor Mature and Laird Cregar.

Reid's casting is a fatal blow on the believability of the screenplay that has JEANNE CRAIN and Reid as the romantic interest. On the other hand RICHARD BOONE does a marvelous tough guy job as the police detective in love with "Vicki." VICKI is played in rather tough fashion by JEAN PETERS.

The result: JEANNE CRAIN manages to give the most credible performance in this remake--while RICHARD BOONE is properly menacing as the two-fisted detective, but he's really no match for Laird Cregar.

There's a good film noir quality to some stretches of the film, but the low-key lighting usually so effective in this sort of thing is disregarded with brightly lit scenes most of the time--perhaps the fault of director Harry Horner.

As remakes go, it's fair enough--but most fans will prefer the original.


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