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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
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.


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.



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".[1]


  1. ^ Mateas, Lisa. "Manhandled". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 

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