Desperate (film)

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Desperate 1947 movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anthony Mann
Produced by Michael Kraike
Screenplay by Harry Essex
Story by Dorothy Atlas
Anthony Mann
Starring Steve Brodie
Audrey Long
Raymond Burr
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography George E. Diskant
Edited by Marston Fay
Release date
  • May 17, 1947 (1947-05-17) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[2]


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.


Home media[edit]

Warner Bros. released the film on DVD on July 13, 2010, in its Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 5.[3]


  1. ^ "Desperate: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Desperate at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ Abrams, Simon. Slant Magazine, "Film Noir Classic Collection: Volume 5". July 20, 2010. Accessed: August 1, 2013.

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