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|Directed by||Lewis R. Foster|
|Based on||the novel The Man Who Stole A Dream
by L. S. Goldsmith
|Music by||Darrell Calker|
|Edited by||Howard A. Smith|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
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.
- Dorothy Lamour as Merl Kramer
- Sterling Hayden as Joe Cooper
- Dan Duryea as Karl Benson
- Irene Hervey as Ruth, Mrs. Alton Bennet
- Phillip Reed as Guy Bayard
- Harold Vermilyea as Dr. Redmond
- Alan Napier as Alton Bennet
- Art Smith as Detective Lt. Bill Dawson
- Irving Bacon as Sgt. Fayle
Audiences and critics found the plot too confusing, and the film was not popular on its release. Lisa Mateas of Turner Classic Movies said that "contemporary audiences ... will find that Manhandled does not disappoint".
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