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125 Ratings


Directed by Anthony Mann
United States, 1947
Crime, Drama, Film noir


A classic low-budget slice of Anthony Mann noir in which a beautician and her mob boyfriend frame an innocent man after a cop is killed when they attempt to rob a back-room bookie operation.

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Railroaded! Directed by Anthony Mann

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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Railroaded!

    This is the kind of film that gave B-movies a good name. Solid entertainment value on a budget means no fancy Hollywood shots to drag it out any longer than it needs to be. Jane Randolph is almost like a pre-John Waters prototype, really trashy. I can see how films like this inspired film makers of the 60's and 70's. The perfect film to bring a date to, and sneak in a bottle, while yer at it!

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Railroaded!

    In my opinion, not as good as Desperate or Strange Impersonation shot in 1946 - 1947. I liked though the voyeuristic scene of the fight between the two girls and John Ireland as the bad guy. Already forgotten.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Railroaded!

    Pretty good programmer from Anthony Mann following a determined detective trying to find out if the suspect he has arrested is guilty of murdering a cop or is being framed, complicated by his falling for the suspect's sister. Hurt by pretty bland lead performances save Randolph who makes a sexy femme fatale. Hard to watch Beaumont without making 'Leave it to Beaver' references.

  • azoulay's rating of the film Railroaded!

    On est bien loin des grands films de Mann, même si certaines scènes, la bagarre des filles ou la fusillade finale sont filmées avec art, L'histoire est posée dans le vide, et les comédiens jouent avec courage des rôles éculés de vamp, de flic ou de méchant. Un film noir qui manque gravement d'appui social ou de vertige psychologique.

  • Caillouquiroule's rating of the film Railroaded!

    Une intrigue absurde aux rebondissements ridicules jusqu'à la fin... Usant de tous les codes du Film Noir, jamais Mann n'arrive à sortir une scène intéressante, plombé par des dialogues insipides et un manque d'inspiration total dans sa mise en scène. Je me suis forcé à le voir jusqu'au bout, mais c'est bien parce qu'il est court.

  • Jean-Go's rating of the film Railroaded!

    Sans être un chef d'oeuvre, L'Engrenage Fatal est un film noir old school, avec tout ce que ça implique : belle photo, les salauds perdent, une morale de kermesse pour finir, et des personnages stéréotypés, pour une société qui l'est autant. C'est du reste attachant pour qui aime la période.

  • ArmandS's rating of the film Railroaded!

    Pretty slight and not as impressive or gritty as Mann's great noirs such as "Border Incident", "T-Men" or "Raw Deal", but still worth a viewing, and John Ireland is great, though Hugh Beaumont is no Dennis O'Keefe. Also, Jane Randolph impresses as Ireland's girl.

  • Philip Conklin's rating of the film Railroaded!

    Mann’s lighting and mise en scéne are brilliant and eerie. He’s a master of this type of film, an exploration of the murky, shadowy underbelly of civilized society. This is a tense, brisk little picture that I can’t imagine being any longer or shorter. It’s a perfectly contained capsule of film noir.

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