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Manhandled movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Produced by William H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay by Whitman Chambers
Lewis R. Foster
Based on the novel The Man Who Stole A Dream 
by L. S. Goldsmith
Starring Dorothy Lamour
Sterling Hayden
Music by Darrell Calker
Cinematography Ernest Laszlo
Edited by Howard A. Smith
Pine-Thomas Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • May 25, 1949 (1949-05-25) (United States)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Manhandled is a 1949 film noir directed by Lewis R. Foster, and starring Dorothy Lamour, Dan Duryea, and Sterling Hayden, and based on the 1945 novel The Man Who Stole a Dream by L. S. Goldsmith.[1]


Struggling writer Alton Bennet explains to psychiatrist Dr. Redman how he has nightmares about murdering his wealthy wife, Ruth, who owns very valuable jewels.

A private eye, Karl Benson, steals the office keys of Redman's private secretary, Merl Kramer, who is then framed after Ruth is found murdered. Karl has planted some of the dead woman's jewels in Merl's apartment.

Insurance investigator Joe Cooper is on the case, along with the police. Karl is confronted by Dr. Redman, who confesses that it was he who murdered Ruth, his own patient. Karl happened upon the murder scene, knocked out Redman and stole the jewels.

Redman proposes a split, but Karl kills him. He then knocks Merl unconscious and intends to throw her from a roof, but her cries alert police and Joe, who come to her rescue.



Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz panned the film, writing, "Lewis R. Foster directs without passion this unassuming but preposterous B-film crime thriller that is based on the short story The Man Who Stole A Dream by L.S. Goldsmith. In a film that should have been more suspenseful because of the thick plot, the director mishandles the dramatic moments by introducing silly and unneeded comic moments. All that accomplished was to take away any credibility for it being taken seriously as a film noir while hardly providing any laughs. Foster also fails to make the series of coincidences, that are essential for this tale about a wrongfully accused person, to be convincing ... The film's best scene is Napier's chilling dream sequence of the murder in the opening act."[2]


  1. ^ Manhandled at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennid. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, January 11, 2005. Accessed: July 12, 2013.

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